Sheltered flats needed to pay for services

In dismissing a McCarthy and Stone (Developments) Ltd proposal for sheltered apartments on a site in West Sussex, an inspector has ruled that financial contributions towards transport and improved library facilities would be justified.

The highway authority explained that the increased number of residents resulting from the development would require improvements to public transport. It maintained that four bus stops had to be upgraded to provide shelters, seating and realigned kerbs. The council also argued that a financial contribution towards the replacement of an outdated local library would be justified.

Although the scheme would only lead to a net increase of 50 dwellings, the inspector accepted that it would increase the cumulative impact on public transport and library facilities. The lack of financial contributions would place unacceptable pressure on these services, he opined. He regarded the council's requirement as reasonable.

DCS Number 100-050-578

Inspector David Nicholson; Hearing.

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