Eco-home backed for role in improving site supply

The opportunity to help redress a housing shortfall without harming the area's character and appearance has prompted an inspector to allow an eco-house in the Nottinghamshire countryside.

The site was located outside a settlement boundary and could not be regarded as an exception to local and neighbourhood plan housing location policies. While acknowledging that the proposal conflicted with the spatial strategy for the area, the inspector referred to the presumption in favour of sustainable development in paragraph 11 of the NPPF in the context of the council’s inability to show a five-year supply of housing land.

In his view, the proposal would not result in any significant harm that would outweigh its housing supply benefits. He was satisfied that there was adequate access from the appeal site to existing facilities and services, the house would sit comfortably in its surroundings and its energy efficiency ratings resulted in an exceptional design. 

Inspector: Daniel Guiver; Written representations

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