Out-of-date Local Plan scuppers development refusal
The Secretary of State has over-turned a council's decision to refuse plans for 350 homes in South Devon coast thanks to an out-of-date Local Plan.
The Planning Inspectorate gave the green the light for the development in Dawlish this week.
Developer Shutterton Park Limited appealed after the scheme, on land south of Shutterton Lane, was refused permission by Teignbridge Council. A public inquiry took place at the end of April and the findings and results were revealed last week.
The outline plans also include multi-purpose community building, car parking, hard and soft landscaping and open space, a sustainable urban drainage system, and new vehicular, cycle and pedestrian routes.
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The Department for Communities and Local Government said in a statement: "Although the appeal proposal would be contrary to the out-of-date LP [Local Plan], the council does not have a five-year housing land supply so that, in accordance with the provisions of the framework, full weight can no longer be given to the policies of that plan.
"Furthermore, although the appeal scheme would also conflict with policies in the LP, that has not been subjected to independent examination and so is likely to be subject to change."
It said the development would make a "significant contribution" towards addressing the undersupply of housing in the district. "Therefore, although it would cause some limited and localised harm to the character and appearance of the countryside, the Secretary of State is satisfied that this would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the appeal scheme."
Councillors turned down the original application on the basis of overdevelopment and out of fears it would dissolve the natural break between Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.