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Ellesmere housing appeal allowed
Published May 24th, 2016
A residential housing development is to go ahead in north Shropshire after a government planning inspector ruled that the scheme was sustainable development.
The appeal decision relates to 68 houses at Teal Drive, Ellesmere. The site had been recommended for approval by Planning Officers at Shropshire Council’s but was refused contrary to this recommendation by Members of the North Planning Committee. The site had also previously been identified by the Council in an earlier version of the SAMDev Plan, as a ‘preferred’ site for housing development.
The Planning Inspectorate agreed that the benefits of the development outweighed any harm, and allowed the appeal on the basis that “…the proposal represents sustainable development”.
Penny Bicknell of Planning Consultants, Les Stephan Planning Ltd who submitted the appeal said: “We are pleased that the Inspector agreed with our view, a view shared by the Officers of the Council, that this site represents an appropriate location for much-needed housing growth in the Key Market Town of Ellesmere.”
The SAMDev plan seeks to distribute growth development over the plan period but the inspector confirmed that the figures set out within that document should not be regarded as a maximum and viewed flexibly. As per the National Planning Policy Framework, Council’s should continue to significantly boost the supply of housing in sustainable locations.
Helen Howie, planning consultant at Berrys, who provided the case on housing figures at the appeal said: “The SAMDev Plan Inspector’s Report noted that the Council would need to update its housing figures in a Local Plan Review, and this appeal decision confirms the need to do so.”
For planning advice contact Helen Howie at the Shrewsbury office of Berrys on 01743 239028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org