Major housing scheme deemed unsustainable notwithstanding deficient housing supply
A scheme for 400 dwellings, 60 independent living apartments, a shop, café and primary school next to a village near Cranleigh has been refused planning permission by an inspector after a 2-week inquiry. Although the inspector found that there was only 4.1 years’ housing land supply for the district, the site was not a sustainable location for a large new housing development, and what was proposed would have an adverse effect on the character and appearance of the area. Significant weight was given to the provision of market and affordable housing, but overall the scheme was not in accordance with the development plan and the adverse impacts clearly and demonstrably outweighed the benefits when assessed against the NPPF.
Robin Green acted for Waverley Borough Council, the local planning authority.
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