We are able to write with excellent news – the decision from the Inspector regarding the Foxley Oaks proposal is that the proposed development has been refused!!
The inspector found that the proposed development would do significant harm to the landscape of the area and that the proposed school/medical centre were not of sufficient value to offset this harm.
The tilted balance set out in paragraph 14 of the NPPF is engaged as there is no demonstrable 5 year housing land supply. However, as can be seen above, I have found significant harm. My final judgement is that the harm is such that it would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme when assessed against the policies of the NPPF as a whole. The proposal cannot therefore benefit from the presumption in favour of sustainable development, and as such there is further conflict with SALP Policy CP1, which seeks to take a positive approach to sustainable development in line with the NPPF. The proposed development is simply, in my judgement, the wrong scheme in the wrong place. Notwithstanding that there is compliance with some development plan policies it is my judgement that there is conflict with the development plan as a whole. For that reason the appeal must fail.
The full report can be found here: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewDocument.aspx?fileid=25799900
Congratulations to all involved in the Appeal, including the Binfield Parish and Binfield Borough Councillors, and local residents.
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