The site lay near a large village in a rural area where dwellings were restricted under local and structure plan policies. The inspector noted that the UDP had reached a very advanced stage before its progress to formal adoption was blocked and that the council gave very considerable weight to housing allocations in the plan.
He observed that the council had debated the subject very recently and decided that higher levels of residential development were good for the island in helping to maintain population levels. In that light, he held that the stopped UDP was highly material and that very significant weight could be attached to its policies, particularly those relating to housing allocations.
He also reasoned that the required five-year housing land supply for the area could only be met if sites identified in the UDP were considered. He concluded that both the stopped UDP and the lack of a five-year housing land supply were material considerations of sufficient weight to justify setting aside the development plan's provisions.
DCS Number 100-050-829
Inspector David Sheers; Inquiry.