Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has allowed an appeal by Barratt Homes for a 500-home residential scheme plus country park proposed for a site near Salisbury in Wiltshire. Some 40 per cent of the housing would be affordable.
The minister’s decision letter said that design and layout defects of the scheme weren’t “significant”. He also disagreed with the inspector’s reasoning on the country park, the s106 agreement and whether the proposals breached CIL advice. A planning inspector had recommended refusal.
The decision letter made it clear that the minister did not share the inspector’s conclusion that the country park was not necessary to make the housing development acceptable in planning terms and would not be “fairly and reasonably” related in scale and kind to the housing development.
The secretary of state said the appeal scheme would make a major contribution towards satisfying both the lack of a five-year supply of housing land and the acute shortage of affordable housing provision in the area. He also said the country park would be a major benefit.
He termed these material considerations which outweighed deciding the case in accordance with the designation of the site as open countryside as identified in the development plan.
29 September 2011