Steve Hinsley, Senior Director at Tetlow King Planning (TKP), gave expert affordable housing evidence to the inquiry which was key to achieving planning appeal success for the Catesby Property Group in their appeal against Bedford Borough Council’s decision to refuse permission for outline consent for 70 dwellings on land to the south of Whitworth Way, Wilstead.
The Inspector found that the appeal proposals represented sustainable development as defined by the National Planning Policy Framework. At paragraph 31 of his report the Inspector agreed with TKPs evidence that “affordable housing is a longstanding priority in Bedford as expressed in successive development plans”.
At paragraph 32 the Inspector made clear that he found that the 40% affordable housing offer (10% above policy requirements) “is a significant benefit of the scheme”.
In undertaking the planning balance and drawing together his conclusions, at paragraph 42 of his report the Inspector agreed with TKPs evidence in stating that:
“No affordable homes have been provided in the village for some time. I give significant weight to the social and economic benefits associated with this scheme. For all these reasons, I conclude that planning permission should be granted.”
The appeal was allowed and can be viewed here.