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Buckinghamshire housing scheme blocked by Secretary of State

Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

Communities Secretary agrees with inspector and refuses application for a 42-home scheme on 2.35-hectares of land in Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire…

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has refused an application for a 42-home scheme proposed by developer Taylor Wimpey on a 2.35-hectare site outside the settlement boundary of the Buckinghamshire village of Great Horwood.

The scheme, originally submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council was called in by the Secretary of State. The inspector who held the inquiry had recommended refusal.

Javid acknowledged that the planning authority’s housing policies were out of date but agreed with the inspector that the scheme breached existing local plan and neighbourhood plan policies.

Although Javid gave limited weight to the scheme’s provision of market housing, he was critical of the fact that the proposals did not meet the “identified needs for homes for older people to downsize into and for starter homes in the market sector.”

The Secretary of State also said the poor layout of the scheme and the fact that the proposals lacked the facilities “to enable it to perform effectively the social or economic roles of sustainable development” weighed against it.

His decision letter concluded: “The proposed development would not amount to sustainable development and its adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the identified benefits when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole.”

Read the decision letter.

Roger Milne