Successful Defence of Council’s Five Year Housing Land Supply

28th January 2020

Bell Cornwell recently assisted Bracknell Forest Council with planning appeals work including the analysis and defence of the Council’s five year housing land supply position at a public inquiry.

An appeal for 73 Assisted Living units in Westwood House in Ascot (appeal ref APP/RO335/W/19/3229885) was dismissed in December 2019 on the basis that the proposal would have a significant adverse effect on the character of the site and the surrounding area.

The Inspector carried out a detailed analysis of the land supply position in her decision to help assess whether to engage the ’tilted balance’ in her decision. This confirmed that the Council can demonstrate a 6.08 year land supply, meaning that the relevant policies of the development plan are not out of date.

The Inspector agreed with the evidence given by Bell Cornwell on each of the components of supply including the approach to windfalls, prior approval and the delivery rates of the larger housing sites.

Bell Cornwell provided evidence in support of the Council’s housing land supply position. We have extensive experience in land supply analysis and planning appeals of all kinds, for more information please get in touch.

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