Peterborough City Council, which was unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply, had originally contested that the developments should be directed to more sustainable locations.
However, after working together with the Gladman’s in-house planning team, Rural Solutions provided a detailed Sustainability Appraisal to support the planning application and then presented details on the social and economic benefits of development at the Public Inquiry.
Based on the evidence provided by our director of planning Duncan Hartley, the Inspector ruled that the proposed development provided multiple social and economic benefits that outweighed some minor harm which would be ‘localised to the immediate edge of the settlement’.
This key information that we were able to provide using our specialist knowledge and experience on sustainability in the rural sector means that we have successfully quashed any reservations about the proposed development.
This is not the first time Rural Solutions’ Sustainability Appraisals have been an enabler for success for Gladman Developments and this achievement at Barnack is a great addition to our track record together.
The decision reflects the way in which many Planning Inspectors, as well as enlightened Local Authorities, are interpreting the National Planning Policy Framework’s definition of sustainable development, when presented with robust, evidence-led justification.