Published: Thursday, 14th January 2016
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has allowed two appeals involving major housing developments, one in Norfolk and the other near Lewes in East Sussex.
In both cases the SoS accepted the recommendation of the inspectors who held the public inquiries into plans for a combined total of 760 new dwellings. Both schemes were in locations covered by neighbourhood plans.
In respect of the Lewes proposals (for 110 dwellings at the village of Ringmer) the scheme was partly in conflict with the neighbourhood plan (NP). However Clark agreed the scheme could go ahead as the site was allocated for housing in the NP albeit for 24 fewer units. Clark said the proposals did not represent a “significant” uplift.
The larger scheme involved proposals from developer Land Fund Ltd for an urban extension providing up to 650 new homes, a third affordable, as well as community and employment facilities at land east of the A47 and to the south of the A11 at Cringleford, Norfolk originally refused by South Norfolk District Council.
The decision letter noted that the district council could not demonstrate a five year supply of housing land and that the land was allocated for new housing under the made neighbourhood plan.
In the case of the Ringmer scheme the SoS agreed with the inspector that the proposals would be a sustainable development and contribute to the provision of both market and affordable housing in the area.
The location is part of a wider area covered by an emerging local plan under preparation jointly by the South Downs National Park Authority and a number of local planning authorities including Lewes District Council which had earlier refused the project.