PLANNING NEWS: PLANNING APPEAL SUCCESS FOR MILLER HOMES
An appeal by Inquiry has been allowed by Inspector Wilde on 13th March 2019. Rural Solutions, working as a specialist consultant to Leeds based ID Planning and on behalf of national housebuilder Miller Homes, secured planning permission for 129 dwellings on land that was partially ‘safeguarded’ and partially identified for housing in the emerging Leeds Sites and Allocations Plan.
Based on evidence provided by Rural Solutions the Inspector noted in his determination (at IR47 and 48) that,
‘In terms of benefits the scheme would provide both market and affordable homes in a district that, notwithstanding the advanced status of the emerging SAP, cannot presently demonstrate a five-year supply of housing. Whilst acknowledging that the deficit is only 0.7 years, I give significant weight to this, particularly in light of the Framework’s imperative of significantly boosting the supply of homes. The provision of these homes would be a positive factor in respect of the social element of sustainability’,
‘There would also be economic benefits in jobs either created or sustained by the building work and by the income of future residents, some of which would be very likely spent in the immediate community’,
And in his conclusion;
‘In light of my above reasoning and having regard to all other matters raised, I conclude that, having regard to local and national planning policy for the delivery of housing, the appeal site is an appropriate location for the proposed development. The appeal is therefore allowed.’
This is another example of where our specialist understanding of sustainability development has helped to secure a residential planning consent by appeal. We have successfully represented a number of housebuilders and strategic land developers, and our Sustainability Assessments continue to provide robust evidence for applicants and appellants.