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Clark allows housing appeals in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire

Published: Thursday, 9th June 2016

Two separate housing schemes totalling over 400 dwellings allowed on appeal by the Secretary of State…

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has allowed on appeal two separate housing developments, one in Buckinghamshire and the other in Hertfordshire, totalling over 400 dwellings.

Both were the subject of recovered appeals and in each case the inspectors involved recommended consent.

The Buckinghamshire scheme by developer Lightwood Strategic Ltd involved outline proposals for 350 new homes, including 45 retirement dwellings as well as a community sports facility and a burial ground at Haddenham originally refused by Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The developer had successfully challenged the Haddenham Neighbourhood Plan in the High Court, in a move which quashed the plan’s housing and development chapter.

Clark agreed with the inspector that the scheme offered not only an appreciable and rapid improvement in housing provision in Haddenham and Aylesbury Vale, but also substantial advantages to the community in terms of affordable housing and housing for elderly as well as a burial ground, sporting facilities and open space.

In his decision letter Clark gave short shrift to the claim by the parish council that granting planning permission gave rise to issues of prematurity in terms of a replacement neighbourhood plan.

In respect of the second scheme, an outline proposal for 55 new homes, 40 per cent of which would be affordable, at Buntingford refused by East Hertfordshire District Council, the SoS said there were no adverse impacts that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of granting planning permission “when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework”.

The decision letter acknowledged that the scheme was in conflict with the local plan as it was both outside the development limits of Bunting ford and not allocated for development in the local plan.

View the recovered appeal: land to the north of Aston Road, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire

View the recovered appeal: land to the east of Aspenden Road, Buntingford, Hertfordshire

Roger Milne