Sedbury, Forest of Dean
At the four day Inquiry James Stacey, Director, gave affordable housing evidence on behalf of Barratt Homes supporting the delivery of 40% affordable housing. Other expert planning and landscape evidence was presented by Barton Willmore.
The application was recommended for permission by officers at Forest of Dean Council and included within the emerging draft Site Allocations DPD following a resolution by full Council. However the application was refused by Members and removed from the emerging draft Site Allocations DPD due to the Council considering it would have a detrimental landscape impact as well as considering that it had a sufficient supply of land to meet a five year requirement across the district.
At the inquiry Tetlow King Planning convinced the Inspector that:
- The housing need in the District is acute and increasing;
- The District has become increasingly unaffordable with evidence of significant and widespread viability issues; and
- The delivery of policy compliant 40% affordable housing on the site would meet an urgent need and as such was an important material consideration in favour of the proposal.
Christopher Young of No.5 Chambers was advocate. The appeal was allowed and can be viewed here.