Pro Vision wins appeal based on local housing need

18th March, 2019

Acting on behalf of the landowner, Pro Vision has secured outline planning approval on appeal for three detached dwellings in the countryside on the outskirts of Basingstoke.

The site is an open parcel of land adjacent to the A30 with housing to either side. It is in the village of Natley Scures although no settlement boundary exists.

The application was initially refused by planning officers in November 2017 on the grounds the site was in the countryside and not a suitable location for further growth.

However, following an appeal the planning inspector, Tim Wood, concluded that the proposal met a locally agreed housing need – a key council criteria for allowing new housing in the countryside - resulting in outline planning approval being granted.

Katherine Miles, planning director at Pro Vision, said: “This is an under-utilised parcel of land within an existing village location. The council accepted the site was in a sustainable location and there was no harm to neighbours as a result of the development.

“The inspector’s decision enables this site to be developed for much-needed family housing and homes suitable for downsizing. We understand this is the first successful appeal against Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on the specific issue of local housing need.”

Under Policy SS6 of the Local Plan, new housing in the countryside outside settlement boundaries will be allowed if it meets four criteria, including being small-scale residential development of a type that meets a local need.

The council accepted the application met the other three criteria and was small-scale but argued it had not been demonstrated the development met a locally agreed need. However, after reviewing the evidence, including a Rural Housing Study published in 2010, Newnham Parish Council Planning Statement of 2014 and an up-to-date housing needs assessment supplied by Pro Vision for the appeal, the inspector concluded there was an unmet local housing need.

Pro Vision is a multi-disciplinary consultancy of chartered town planners, urban designers, architects and ecologists. The company has offices in Ampfield, near Winchester and Newbury.