Persistent housing under-delivery supports countryside development

A local authority in south Wales that had persistently under-delivered on ensuring an adequate supply of housing was unsuccessful in defending its decision to refuse permission for 76 dwellings outside a defined settlement boundary.

An inspector noted that the site was lined by substantial hedgerows and adjoined existing built development. It was well connected to local facilities and while there would inevitably be an adverse impact on the local character of the site, the appellant was proposing a relatively low density which responded to the site’s varying levels. The landscape was not out of the ordinary and the council’s landscape architects had confirmed that the overall impact on an area of special landscape would be insignificant. Nor would it adversely affect highway safety or any sites of ecological importance.

Inspector: Joanne Burston; Written representations

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