The Planning Inspectorate have upheld Persimmon’s appeal against Stratford District Council’s decision to refuse permission for 81 dwellings in Bishops Itchington. The Council conceded that it did not have a 5 year housing land supply and that the site constituted sustainable development. However, the Council sought to contend (contrary to the officer’s recommendation of approval) that the proposal was unacceptable for a variety of reasons, including landscape impact. Those reasons were roundly rejected by the Inspector. She considered the Council’s countryside protection policies to be out of date and that any limited harm arising from the development would be clearly outweighed by the social benefits that would arise (including the provision of both market and affordable housing).

Peter Goatley acted for Persimmon.

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