District council wins legal battle after planning inspector miscalculated its housing land supply

East Cambridgeshire District Council earlier this month won a legal challenge against the Planning Inspectorate, who conceded that a planning inspector had miscalculated the authority’s housing land supply.

Local Government Lawyer writes:

The local authority, which was awarded all costs relating to the case, said its success in overturning the inspector’s decision “demonstrates its backing for Neighbourhood Plans and support of its communities across the district”.

The application, which was for outline planning permission for nine dwellings on Station Road in Fordham, had been refused by the district council due to its location outside the development envelope. Fordham has a neighbourhood plan in place.

The applicant appealed against the refusal to the Planning Inspectorate, which allowed the appeal, thereby granting permission for the scheme…..

Cllr Anna Bailey, Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “I am delighted that the council has been shown to be correct in this case….

…Following the quashed decision, the Planning Inspectorate will reconsider the appeal with a new planning inspector.

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