Published: Thursday, 7th January 2016
SoS Greg Clark has rejected the advice of the inspector who held an inquiry into a recovered appeal involving outline permission for up to 200 new homes in Gloucestershire and refused the proposals.
The scheme, proposed by Allaston Developments, included up to 20 serviced self-build plots, some 37 retirement flats, public open space and a community building.
Forest of Dean District Council had blocked the proposals. However at the inquiry the planning authority said it would not support its reasons for refusing permission as it couldn’t demonstrate a “robust” five-year supply of housing land.
Clark’s decision letter concluded that the appeal should be dismissed because of conflict with both the emerging Allocation Plan for the district and the emerging Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan. The SoS also said the scheme was in conflict with policies in the existing Core Strategy.
Clark’s letter acknowledged that the proposals would increase the supply of market and affordable housing in the area.
But he insisted the conflict with both the local plan and the emerging neighbourhood plan as well as the adverse impact on landscape and local character as well as issues to do with traffic and air quality outweighed the benefits of the scheme.