The inspector judged that the scheme would encroach a suburban form of development, with its access and parking areas and associated domestic paraphernalia, into the countryside and conflict with one of the aims of the green belt set out in the NPPF. She also found harm to openness. In her opinion the benefits of housing and sports pitch provision did not outweigh conflict with green belt policy. She also decided that a flood risk sequential test was not satisfied by the appellant’s argument that the houses had to be in this location to enable delivery of an all-weather hockey pitch for a local club, finding no evidence that the two had to be provided on the same site. Finding no very special circumstances to outweigh green belt and flood risk harm, the inspector dismissed the appeal.
Inspector: Jillian Rann; Written representations