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Appeal: Appellant must pay costs for flouting affordable housing policy

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A developer must pay costs to Cornwall Council for submitting a 12-home scheme with half of the affordable housing sought by the council's rural exception sites policy, despite providing no evidence for its viability argument.

The proposal sought permission to build 12 homes on land near Blisland, a village in Cornwall. According to the Cornwall Local Plan, “the majority of development” will be directed towards the area’s larger settlements. Housing outside of these towns is permitted in some circumstances, including the development of rural exception sites.This policy allows development of sites........
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