Substantial weight awarded to single unit of self-build and custom housebuilding following appeal

September 13, 2022 10:07 am Published by

Tetlow King Planning are delighted to have obtained planning permission at appeal for a single unit of self-build and custom housebuilding in the Village of Walton, Harborough.

The appeal success meant that our client, a local family with longstanding social ties to the village and two young children would finally be able to have their housing needs met in a more affordable way.

The family had been trying for approaching two years to obtain a consent during the process of which they were subject to a no-fault eviction from the Private Rented Sector (where insecurity of tenure is rife) and were living in even less suitable privately rented accommodation.

It was common ground that the Council had failed its statutory duty to meet demand from their Self-Build Register for Base Periods 1, 2 and 3 and the Inspector found that – even though the appeal was only for a single dwelling – considering the shortfall in provision and the need to increase the supply of self and custom build being an important planning consideration the appeal proposals carried substantial weight.

Helpfully the decision also provided clarity on the way in which Policy GD4 of the Council’s Local Plan should be applied alongside GD2 and GD3 when considering development proposals which are located in open countryside in policy terms.

The Inspector agreed with the interpretation presented by Director, Andy Moger, and Senior Planner, Leonie Stoate, at the Hearing that GD4 is determinative and compliance with that policy meant that the four other policies listed in the Councils reason for refusal should fall away.