Brownfield policy prevails in village homes refusal

Local and national policies to promote reuse of brownfield land have taken priority in a decision to refuse permission for four new homes in open countryside on the edge of a Worcestershire service village.

As the site was contained on all sides by more recent development, the inspector was satisfied that the scheme would not harm the area’s appearance or character. The council’s demonstrable five-year land supply should not be regarded as a ceiling and the site was close to services and facilities, he remarked. In his view, however, the overriding issue was a strategic policy reference, supported in the NPPF, to preventing the use of greenfield sites in favour of bringing forward more difficult to deliver brownfield land. This conflict was sufficient to justify refusal on its own, he held.

Inspector: M Savage; Written representations

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