Elmbridge Borough Council refused planning permission for 48 affordable flats proposed by Elmbridge Housing Trust at Weybridge, Surrey for reasons relating to the effect on the living conditions of the prospective occupiers, with particular regard to noise, odours, outlook, sunlight and daylight. Following a public inquiry the Inspector rejected the Council’s arguments on all counts.
Tetlow King Planning Senior Director Stephen Hinsley gave detailed evidence in relation to affordable housing need, supply and delivery.
Addressing the benefits of the proposal, which was for 100% affordable housing, the Inspector stated that:
“These are, in my judgement, substantial and should be awarded significant weight. There is an identified and pressing need for affordable housing across the Borough and the open market circumstances of the Weybridge area are such that there is particular need for the housing and tenancy/ownership arrangements proposed. The scheme does not rely on market housing going ahead, a difficult proposition at this time, and can be delivered as set out in the Unilateral Undertaking.”
Stephen Hinsley commented that:
“This decision confirms the considerable weight which can be attached to the element of affordable housing in schemes when detailed evidence relating to need, supply and delivery is articulated”.
The appeal was allowed.