September 2nd, 2012 |
“Why was the Council overruled on housing development in Hawkwell?”
John and Christine Mason have a new article on their website about the recent planning appeal in their area….. on an application for 176 homes refused for design reasons…
So did the Inspector ignore Essex County Council’s, Essex Design Guide?
The Inspector said “The Council identified in the reason for refusal nine failings with regard to advice in the Essex Design Guide. That document is described as Supplementary Planning Guidance, having not been through the process to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document under the 2004 Act. Policy CP1 of the Core Strategy refers to guidance not being overly prescriptive.”
So the Inspector hints that the council has blundered by not making the Essex Design Guide an ‘official’ Supplementary Planning Document for our district. If it is only guidance, it doesn’t have much weight….
Full article here.