Presumption in favour applies in the absence of local plan policy

5th February, 2015

In September, an appeal was allowed for 25 holiday lodges in the countryside adjoining Newbury Racecourse. The Inspector found that the Council had been wrong to use housing policies as a basis for refusing planning application. He concluded that as there were no relevant Development Plan policies, the presumption in favour of sustainable development should apply. 

In weighing the balance he found that that there was a demand for the scheme and that it would bring significant economic benefits. He went on to find that the environmental and traffic impact of the scheme was acceptable.