DC Casebook: Housing: New Build - Affordable housing rejected in green belt

Developers seeking permission for 31 homes in the Lancashire green belt have been thwarted after an inspector held that the size of the scheme extended beyond a council's policy definition.

A local plan policy stated that permission would not be given for homes in the green belt unless the scheme involved "very limited" affordable dwellings meeting local needs. The appellants pointed out the scale of need in the area, amounting to 65 units a year to cater for a waiting list of 330 households. The scheme involved very limited development in the green belt and accordingly could be classified as being appropriate, they maintained.

The appellants also highlighted the fact that no sequentially preferable sites outside the green belt were available. However, the inspector decided that 31 dwellings did not fall in the local plan definition of "very limited". While accepting that it is not unusual for planning policies to pull in different directions, he decided that to approve the scheme would fly in the face of green belt policy and strict controls on built development.

DCS Number 100-064-767

Inspector Robin Brooks; Written representations

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