Whittingham Housing appeals6th of May, 2021
Residents will be aware that the City Council must be able to demonstrate that it has a 5 year housing supply and in 2019, several applications in Goosnargh Village were recommended for approval because the City Council could not meet the criteria. This position was reconsidered following a change in Government Policy and the applications were refused in February 2020.
If the City Council uses the Government’s Formula for calculating its supply, it can demonstrate 13.6 years as it does not need to include the shortfall of homes not built in previous years. However, at an appeal in Barton, a Planning Inspector ruled that until the Local Plan is refreshed, the City Council must use the Local Plan figures which equate to a supply of 4.95 years - slightly short of the 5 year requirement. Without a 5 year supply, the applications should be approved!
The City Council is challenging the Planning Inspector’s decision and until the matter is resolved, planning applications are being assessed on the basis that the Council has a housing supply of 13.6yrs. This means the tilted balance is not engaged; Local Plan Policies are up to date and applications which do not comply with the Local Plan should be refused.
This is the case with the Whittingham appeals which were heard at a Public Inquiry which started on the 13th April 2021.
Sessions were recorded and may be viewed on the following link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQqDetL1R5aRgbNm8PDViNw
As soon as the appeal decisions are known, the Parish Council website will be updated, along with the Goosnargh and Whittingham Against Over Development Facebook page.