Plans refused for 120-home Derbyshire scheme

A Derbyshire council has refused plans for up to 120 homes on an unallocated greenfield site despite recognition from planners that a key local planning policy was out of date and should be given "limited weight".

The application site (pic: Michael Patterson, Geograph)
The application site (pic: Michael Patterson, Geograph)

Chesterfield Borough Council refused an outline planning application for the scheme earlier this week.

The application sought permission for the erection of up to 120 homes, public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage on a 6.75-hectare on the edge of Haslan.

A planning report, which recommended refusal, noted that a recent appeal decision had concluded that the council’s saved policy EVR2, which designated the site as open countryside, was out of date.

The report said that the inspector "gave consideration to the fact that when the policy was adopted, this was in a different climate regarding housing need".

The policy "should therefore be considered ‘out of date’ and the conflict with EVR2 given limited weight in determining the current planning application," the report said.

However, the report also concluded that the council could demonstrate a five year housing land supply and that the plans would be in conflict with other local planning policies related to encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

The report said that these policies were considered to be "up to date and consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework."

Planners also advised that the council’s emerging local plan does not allocate the site for development, "supporting the position that the site is not considered a ‘sustainable’ site for residential development."

However, the report advised that as the draft plan is at an early stage, it should be given "limited weight", it said.

The report said that the proposed 120 homes, alongside a recent 150-home permission granted at appeal, and a 350-home outline application currently lodged with the council ,"could result in a further 620 new dwellings not accounted for in the emerging plan, on greenfield sites".

"Cumulatively the applications have the potential to have a significant impact on the strategy in the emerging local plan in terms of the sustainability appraisal and infrastructure provisions of the plan. The planning application should therefore be considered premature," the report said.

The application was refused.


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