Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector cites parish plan conflict to reject 200-home scheme

Plans for up to 200 homes on the outskirts of a village near Milton Keynes have been rejected at appeal by an inspector who cited the scheme's conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

Hanslope (pic: Peter O'Connor, Flikcr)
Hanslope (pic: Peter O'Connor, Flikcr)

Applicant Siteplan UK submitted an outline application for the proposed development in March
2017. The plans were refused by Milton Keynes Council two years later. Nine days after the
application was refused, the council adopted its Plan:MK local plan.

In October 2019, the Hanslope Neighbourhood Development Plan, which was produced by Hanslope Parish Council, was made after passing a local referendum. The plan defined the village's settlement boundary and expressed support for a total of 157 new homes across three sites, which do not include the appeal site.

Dismissing Siteplan UK's appeal, inspector W Johnson noted that the seven hectare appeal site
sits outside the Hanslope development boundary and "is therefore located within the open
countryside".

Johnson also advised that the Milton Keynes local plan states that development in villages and
rural settlements "should be in compliance with made neighbourhood plans / within defined
settlement boundaries".

The inspector cited the National Planning Policy Framework, noting that "the adverse impact of
allowing development that conflicts with the neighbourhood plan is likely to significantly and
demonstrably outweigh the benefits".

While the provision of family homes "would generate notable additional social benefits" and
"economic benefits", the proposed scheme "would result in harm to the council's housing
strategy and to the character and appearance of the appeal site and the surrounding area," the
inspector said.

Johnson added that he considered the Hanslope neighbourhood plan "to be a material
consideration of significant weight in the determination of this appeal".

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATES

ADOPTION NEWS

Cornwall: The Lanteglos by Fowey Neighbourhood Development Plan was made by Cornwall
Council on 5 March.

London: The Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Plan was made by Camden Council on 2 March
2020.

Northumberland: The Cramlington Neighbourhood Plan was made by Northumberland Council on 10 March.

CONSULTATION NEWS

Surrey: Puttenham Parish Council in the borough of Guildford has published a draft neighbourhood plan for consultation between 9 March and 27 April.

Surrey: Haslemere Town Council in the borough of Waverley has published a draft neighbourhood plan for consultation between 2 March and 27 April.

REFERENDUM NEWS

London: The Highams Park Neighbourhood Plan in the borough of Waltham Forest was approved by 95.7 per cent of voters at a local referendum on 5 March.

Surrey: The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan Review in the borough of Waverley was approved by 95.5 per cent of voters at a local referendum on 12 March.

Sussex: The Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan in the Mid Sussex district and South Downs National Park was approved by 94.8 per cent of voters at a local referendum on 5 March.


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