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21/08/2020

Appeal: Pandemic effects on housing delivery 'not directly relevant' to supply

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An inspector has rejected plans for 255 homes in Essex, ruling that the Covid-19 pandemic's forecast effects on housing delivery were 'not directly relevant' to five-year housing land supply calculations concerned with deliverability of sites.

In the planning balance, Felgate acknowledged that the scheme would provide 178 market rate and 77 affordable homes, generating household expenditure of around £4m a year. However, he concluded, the harm to the character of the area he had identified carried decisive weight, and would have done even if the tilted balance had been applied. On this basis the appeal was dismissed.

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