Casebook: Appeal cases - Housing: new build - Greenfield urban expansion ruled premature

A proposal for housing, community facilities and open space on 28.7ha of greenfield land in north-east Scotland has been rejected by a reporter who decided that the site's allocation should be considered through the development plan process.

The appellants argued that a structure plan policy required the provision of 440 houses on greenfield land and that there was a pressing need to bring the development forward. The council responded that part of the site was designated as green belt and claimed that the development would involve an unjustified incursion into the countryside.

The reporter agreed with these objections, noting that it appeared likely that there was only a small shortfall in land for housing in the emerging local plan. He found insufficient evidence to conclude that the development would have an acceptable impact on the landscape. The site's future should be decided through the local plan process, he concluded.

DCS No: 32929809; Reporter: Tim Brian; Inquiry.

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