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Once again, common sense prevails at Appeal with a new home granted planning permission in the countryside!
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council refused the application on the basis that there was not sufficient justification for a dwelling on this site which they considered to be unsustainably located, and that a dwelling here would ‘result in an incongruous form of development’. At Appeal, the Planning Inspector agreed with our arguments that the site was in fact ‘Previously Developed Land’ as defined by the NPPF, ad therefore met the Policy provision of the Local Plan for new homes in the countryside.
The Inspector further agreed with our assessment that the form of development proposed would be in keeping with the area, stating ‘As to being incongruous in the sense of being out of character, appearing unacceptably cramped, visually congested, and failing to respect the established pattern, I find that none of these descriptions are appropriate to the proposal.’ The appeal was therefore Allowed and our client is delighted!
It’s also worth mentioning that Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council can’t currently demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply, so if you have a site within the countryside, but in an arguably ‘sustainable’ location, please get in touch and see how we might be able to work with you to maximise your asset.
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