SOS Decision – Undersupply in 6 of 10 years not persistent Because of Recession

LAND NORTH OF BATH ROAD, THATCHAM, BERKSHIRE

The Secretary of State has carefully considered the Inspector’s analysis of the buffer at
IR163-166 and carefully considered the Inspector’s conclusion that there are grounds to consider that there is a record of persistent under delivery and that a buffer of 20% is now justified. However, the Secretary of State disagrees with the Inspector’s conclusions. In coming to this conclusion, the Secretary of State has had regard to report into the West Berkshire Housing Site allocations DPD and the DPD Inspector’s conclusions (DPD IR 134) that the housing supply situation is satisfactorily monitored with no reasons to conclude that there is any significant threat to the delivery of housing in West Berkshire.
The Secretary of State also concludes that while there has been an undersupply in 6 ofthe past ten years, this has been in part due to the influence of the recession. As such he finds that a 5% buffer is appropriate.

Developers Plan to Ditch Sherford Design Code Stymied

Plymouth Herald

Alas Devon CC still ruins everything by insiting on Asphalt pavements

The Princes Trust tweeted support for the decision.

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Sherford developers have been blocked from scrapping a strict set of design rules – as councillors said the move would have created a “zombie town” with “years of planning thrown out of the window”.

Housing firms applied to ditch a town code drawn up 13 years ago and replace it with a set of “fundamental principles” allowing greater flexibility over materials and construction methods.

Consortium bosses denied the move would affect the quality of new homes, but members of the planning committee were not convinced.

 

Cllr Jonny Morris (Lab) said he did not want Sherford to end up like Poundbury in Dorchester, which he described as the sort of place you would see “in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse”.

Cllr Vivien Pengelly (Con): “I am deeply concerned. Instead of having the highest standard of new homes, we will instead have a rather large housing estate that will all be watered down. I’m sorry, I cannot support this application.

“You have to get the residents on board when you’re doing something as big as this. It’s very sad that it has come to this.”

Cllr Nick Kelly (Con) said: “This is simply far too premature to take such a radical act, disregarding all those measures that allowed permission to be granted in the first place.

“We want development, but everybody thinks ‘This is what we’re going to get’, and at the stroke of a pen years of planning and assurances go out of the window.”

Cllr Sam Davey (Lab) said: “The residents were sold Sherford with this particular mechanism. They would view this in a particularly negative light, and I don’t blame them.”