DC Casebook: Housing: New build - Affordable home viability claim rejected

Six houses and two flats have been rejected on a site in Somerset because of a lack of affordable housing provision, despite the appellant's argument that this would make the proposal unviable.

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 [1972], 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

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