Tetlow King Planning (TKP) is pleased to have been associated with a major planning appeal success by David Wilson Homes (Mercia) Ltd at Offenham, near Evesham, Worcestershire.
Wychavon District Council had refused planning permission for the proposal for 50 dwellings based on the site not being identified in the Local Plan and falling outside the settlement boundary, the existence of an adequate five year land supply, the sustainability of the location of the site and the effects of the development on the character of the area.
Robin Tetlow, Chairman, gave affordable housing evidence at the four day public inquiry, in support of the 40% affordable housing offer underpinning the proposal.
Based on Robin Tetlow’s evidence the Inspector was able to conclude:
- There was ‘compelling’ evidence of particular housing under-supply and affordability issues in Wychavon;
- The Council had failed to deliver against its affordable housing targets over the past five years;
- Recent trends in house prices, the relatively small proportion of rented properties and low housing delivery have resulted in an increasingly unaffordable housing market;
- There was an ‘urgent’ need to provide more affordable housing;
- The 40% affordable housing offered was a compelling material consideration which added to the sustainability of the proposal; and
- The proposal would make a strategic contribution towards addressing the shortfall of housing and especially affordable housing, within the District.
Christopher Young of No.5 Chambers was advocate. The appeal was allowed and can be viewed here.