Planning refusal overturned because of housing shortfall
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
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A decision to refuse plans for 85 homes in North Oxfordshire has been overturned on appeal because of a housing shortfall.
Cherwell District Council refused an application submitted by Prudential Pensions Ltd for the dwellings in May 2013.
Since the decision, ownership of the site in Deddington transferred to M&G UK Property Fund, who successfully obtained permission for the development on appeal.
Cllr Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: "Obviously we are incredibly disappointed with this decision as once again the opinions of the district council and local residents appear to have been ignored on appeal. As a council we are not against the development of new homes, but what we are against is development in the wrong places.
"To have lost the appeal because of a housing shortage only months after 375 other homes were approved on appeal for the same reason only adds to our frustration further."
Summarising the appeal, inspector Paul Crysell noted: "The council does not have an up-to-date local plan and has been unable to secure the delivery of new housing at the rates required to meet its needs.
"There is a considerable body of local opposition supporting the council's position. This includes Deddington Parish Council, Deddington Development Watch and local residents who believe the development would be visually damaging and fail to integrate satisfactorily with the rest of development."