Casebook: Appeal Cases - Housing: New build - Appellant shows lack of demand for allotments

A proposal to redevelop vacant allotments close to a Derbyshire town centre for housing has been allowed after an inspector ruled that they would not lead to an unacceptable loss of open space provision in the area.

The appellants had prepared a detailed assessment of existing informal recreational provision in the area and no alternative assessment had been prepared by the council or local objectors. The inspector agreed that the available information indicated that demand for allotment use of the site was low. The homes would make beneficial use of a greenfield site in the urban area and would not harm the area's character, he determined.

DCS No: 100039175; Inspector: Peter Davies; Hearing.

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