The inspector accepted that the scheme would constitute infill within the settlement boundary but noted that development plan policies sought to protect open spaces and green corridors. He saw that the site had not been restored following its temporary use in connection with an adjacent housing scheme, diminishing its value as green space. In his view, its proper reinstatement would add to visual amenity and landscape quality and have a modest nature conservation value.
All of the dwellings proposed would be affordable and the inspector was satisfied that the area had a significant need for such housing. He felt that the project's contribution to overall housing land supply was not in itself sufficient to justify the impact on the site's value as green space. However, he decided that this was outweighed by the land supply and affordability benefits in combination.
DCS Number 100-058-305
Inspector Kevin Ward; Hearing