Pickles decision could help developers

Pickles approves 270 Cheshire homes

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has granted permission for 270 homes on 10 hectares of agricultural land in Cheshire, finding that the local council’s housing land supply policies are out-of-date.

In a decision letter issued today, the communities secretary granted permission for developer Gladman Developments’ proposed scheme to build up to 270 homes and a convenience store/team room at Nantwich, Cheshire.
The developer had lodged an appeal against Cheshire East Council’s non-determination of the outline application in November 2012.
Following a public local inquiry held in March 2013, inspector Jennifer Vyse recommended that the appeal be allowed and permission granted.
In today’s decision letter, Pickles agreed with his inspector’s conclusions and granted permission for the development.
The secretary of state found that, despite the publication of a strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) this year, “it cannot be demonstrated that there is a five year supply of deliverable housing land”.
The letter said: “In these circumstances the council’s housing land supply policies are out of date, and paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework is therefore engaged.”
The decision letter said that the council had made a short oral submission to the inquiry on housing land supply in which it confirmed that, in the circumstances of this appeal, “it cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing land; that it was not seeking to change its case in the light of the 2013 SHLAA published shortly before the inquiry; that it offered no challenge to the evidence of the appellant on this matter”.
Since the appeal was lodged, Cheshire East Council gave the go-ahead to a separate outline application from Gladman Developments, for a development of up to 240 dwellings on the same site.
Pickles concluded that the quantum of development proposed in the appeal scheme “would have no greater impact than that already approved for this site” and that the 30 additional dwellings “would not materially impact on highway capacity and safety”.

Jamie Carpenter 19 July 2013 Planning Resource.

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