The council opposed the scheme on the grounds that housing land supply was adequate and annual completions rates accorded with structure and local plan requirements. It maintained that in the absence of a clear need to release the site, its future potential should be subject to review through the local development framework.
The secretary of state noted that the site had permission for a garden centre that would probably be implemented if the appeal were dismissed.
She noted that the land was not previously developed but took into account its sustainable location and capacity to deliver affordable housing. Given the fallback position, she decided that housing would not materially affect the area's character.
DCS No: OT100-045-289; Inspector: Brian Rogers; Inquiry.