Brownfield housing given go-ahead in AONB

Eighteen houses on the site of a former electricity substation in AONB countryside outside a Wiltshire town won the approval of an inspector.

The starting point for the inspector’s decision was that the proposal would be contrary to the development plan as it would be located outside the settlement boundary, but given that the council had a less than three-year housing land supply, she went on to consider whether material considerations suggested a decision other than in accordance with that plan.

The inspector found that the development of the previously developed site would not harm the character and appearance of the area, and would conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB. She also identified positive benefits in terms of needed market and affordable housing, and an efficient use of land which would remove fly tipping and anti-social behaviour at the site. On balance she decided the appeal should be allowed.

Inspector: Rebecca McAndrew; Written representations

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