The pub that had previously stood on the site had been demolished. In line with the judgement in Iddenden v Secretary of State for the Environment and Hampshire County Council , the inspector accepted that the former use of the land had been extinguished by the building's demolition.
The appellant had bought the site for £450,000 and incorporated the extra demolition costs into his viability calculations. The inspector found that there was no established use from which to derive a value for the site, but agreed that it was likely to have been significantly reduced. He considered that if a lower figure were taken for the site value, the proposal appeared far more viable and would be likely to support affordable housing provision.
DCS Number 100-058-193
Inspector David Nicholson; Written representations