The proposal involved the development of 27.7ha of land comprising part of a hospital complex 3km from the edge of the built-up area of Norwich.
The inspector recommended that permission should be refused. The deputy prime minister disagreed, noting that the scheme complied with the relevant development plan provisions.
The deputy prime minister recognised that there was a tension between local and national policy in PPG3 and PPG13, in that the site did not meet the sequential test for preferred locations for housing and was not within a well-served public transport corridor. However, he accepted that the site was previously developed land located in an area of housing need.
The scheme met requirements for affordable housing, density and car parking and would improve transport and local infrastructure, he held.
DCS No: 41045880; Inspector: Chris Wareham; Inquiry.