Published: Thursday, 18th February 2016
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has agreed with the recommendation of the inspector who held the recovered inquiry and allowed outline proposals for a development at Money Hill, Leicestershire.
The development of 605 dwellings, 60 units of which would be within an extra care centre, also included a primary school, a health centre, a community hall, neighbourhood retail use, public open space and flood attenuation areas on 43.6-hectares of undulating open farmland to the north-west of the town. The application had been refused by North West Leicestershire District Council which could demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.
Clark agreed with the inspector that the development met the economic, social and environmental goals of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and would be a sustainable project.
He noted that the appellant had not disputed the council’s contention that they have a five year supply of housing land.
But the decision letter added “the Secretary of State agrees with the inspector that local planning authorities must also plan for housing supply beyond the five year period; that there is also a current national imperative to boost the supply of housing”.
Clark made it clear he also attached “significant weight” to the scheme’s provision of 605 homes of which up to 182 would be affordable.