Milton Keynes are no longer able to demonstrate a 5 year land housing supply following a recent appeal decision

Two appeals for proposed schemes at land off Castlethorpe Road in Hanslope, Milton Keynes, have been allowed following an informal hearing.

The appeals concerned similar residential developments on neighboring sites, submitted by two separate appellants. Whilst both schemes were initially refused as a result of fundamental concerns, the considerable benefits delivered by the scheme were considered to outweigh any potential harm. The key material considerations that rendered the schemes satisfactory are outlined below.

The proposed developments were located within the ‘open countryside’ and as a result conflicted with Policy DS5 of Plan:MK, which seeks to focus the majority of development within the urban area of Milton Keynes and in key settlements. In addition, the Inspector identified the proposals would result with harm to the character and appearance of the area and in the case of Appeal A, would lead to the loss of the best and most versatile agricultural land.

However, the Inspector stated that the evidence provided; “I find there is a housing supply of deliverable sites in the region of 4.4 years”. Given the Council’s inability to demonstrate a 5-year housing supply, in accordance with paragraph 11 of the NPPF permission should be granted unless any adverse effects of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits. Furthermore, the provision of policy compliant affordable housing was shown to be a significant benefit.

In conclusion, the Inspector found that whilst there was a degree of harm and conflict with the development plan, these did not outweigh the benefits delivered by the proposed development

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