The council had refused the scheme over concerns that the development would overlook and overshadow neighbouring bungalows. The inspector, however, considered the layout showing bungalows in that part of the site adjacent to the boundary in question, along with a landscape buffer and re-grading of land levels, would safeguard living conditions. He found no justification for the town council’s allegation of overdevelopment.
In reaching his decision to allow the scheme, the inspector gave weight to allocation of the site in an emerging plan at an advanced stage and judged the proposal to be an appropriate boost to housing in a sustainable location. A unilateral undertaking made provision for a policy-compliant level of affordable housing and an additional request for a contribution towards education facilities lacked policy support, in the inspector’s opinion.
Inspector: Martin Russell; Written representations