King’s Sutton homes and wildlife plan turned down by planners
|Author: Gavin Moore||Published: 22nd June 2017 14:51|
An unnecessary, undesirable and unsustainable 14 home extension to a new estate in King’s Sutton, has been refused planning permission by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).
On Thursday, 15 June 2017 members of the SNC planning committee turned down an outline planning application for 14 new homes on land to the west of Halestrap Way.
The proposal was associated with a second application for the change of use of agricultural land to the south of the site to a wildlife area which was also refused permission at the same meeting.
Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment said: “We can now show we have sufficient homes in the planning pipeline to satisfy our obligations under national rules for nearly the next ten years.
"King’s Sutton has already experienced significant housing development in recent years and to allow further housing development in the village at this time, when it is not currently required to meet the council’s housing requirements, would amount to unsustainable and undesirable unplanned development that would harm the character and quality of the local area.”
Development in the open countryside is highly restricted and can only be accepted if there is a good reason, such as a replacement home or homes need to for agricultural workers.
Since 2010 SNC has also adopted the Joint Core Strategy and the Local Plan which concentrates new housing development in towns and villages with the best access to shops and public services.
Under national planning rules authorities such as SNC must show they have five years' worth of land available for house building.
Any shortfalls open the door to unwanted development, allowed on appeal. This week members of SNC planning policy and regeneration strategy committee approved a report which shows the council can demonstrate nearly ten years' worth of land available for new homes.