Inspector must look at evidence of Housing Need where FOAN is out of date

Shropshire and SoS DCLG v David Wilson

even if an Inspector finds that a Local Plan is outdated, other sources of information can and should be considered by the Inspector. Where there is no robust recent assessment of full housing needs, the household projections published by the DCLG should be used as the starting point. I accept the Claimant’s submission that the Inspector must do the best he can with the material before him. As Ouseley J. said in South Northamptonshire Council, at [19], the Inspector has to make the best of an unsatisfactory situation, making a choice between unsatisfactory sources. In this appeal, although the Inspector considered the reliability of the material, he failed to go on to make judgments on housing needs and supply and so he did not complete the task which he was required to perform.

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