The Importance of Getting the Numbers Right!
||21 May 2013
Applying our bespoke RESIDE housing requirements assessment model Pioneer assisted Redrow Homes Ltd to successfully obtain outline planning permission at appeal for up to 120 dwellings in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
In addition to noting the agreed Borough wide 5 year housing land supply shortfall and the focus by the Regional Spatial Strategy upon housing delivery within sustainable urban extensions, the Inspector drew attention to the requirement for 2,900 dwellings in the rest of Tewkesbury.
Deeming housing policy restricting development outside settlement boundaries to be out of date (given the lack of housing land supply) the Inspector emphasised that Winchcombe is rated as a highly sustainable location within draft Joint Core Strategy evidence base material, suggesting it to be an appropriate location for additional market and affordable housing provision.
Drawing on the recent decision of the Secretary of State at Bishops Cleeve the Inspector concluded that, other than allowing development outside settlement boundaries, there would be no other credible way to address the housing land supply deficit. The Inspector concluded that the appeal should succeed – you can download the Decision here.
Elsewhere, Pioneer provided Expert Witness services and prepared evidence to support Aitch Group Ltd in an appeal to enlarge an existing Hostel in Haringey as the Council contended that the extension would be detrimental in terms of concentrating temporary accommodation in the area increasing pressure on local services and the amenity of local residents.
Evidence presented by Pioneer successfully demonstrated a significant need for additional accommodation of the type proposed; whilst the Inspector in the initial appeal dismissed the proposals on design grounds, a second application and appeal, for which these design matters had been resolved, has been allowed. The second Inspector (having regard to the initial evidence updated to reflect 2011 Census data) agreed with the initial appeal decision which concluded a significant need for the type of accommodation proposed. The impact of the provision of the accommodation was concluded to be insufficient to preclude the development taking place. You can download the 2011 Decision here and the 2013 Decision here.