Conflict with new neighbourhood plan outweighs benefits of housing scheme next to South Oxfordshire village

20 Jul 2018

Planning and Environment

In a recovered appeal the Secretary of State has refused permission for 120 homes on a field next to the village of Benson in South Oxfordshire.

Although the field was unremarkable and there would be no significant harm to landscape or village character, the development was contrary to a recently made neighbourhood plan to which very significant weight was given.

The Council could show a five-year supply of housing land, and although aspects of the development plan were out of date the inclusion of up to date neighbourhood plan policies in the development plan meant that the tilted balance did not apply.

The provision of additional housing was a significant benefit, but not sufficient to warrant a departure from the development plan. Robin acted for the local planning authority.