The Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, has refused plans for up to 184 homes on land at Darnhall School Lane, Winsford in Cheshire which included provision for 74 much needed affordable homes in an area of acute affordable housing need. Mr Clark’s decision was in stark contrast to that of the Planning Inspector, Mark Dakeyne, who had recommended that the appeal be allowed and that the adverse impacts were limited and would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits. Whilst Mr Clark found that substantial weight should be given to the social benefits of the scheme, including affordable housing, he did not consider that the benefits outweighed the harm. Tetlow King Planning (TKP) is disappointed with the result especially given that the affordable housing evidence presented by James Stacey, Director at TKP, was found to add substantial weight to the benefits of the scheme.
A copy of the decision is available here.