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Land off Wyngates, Blofield, Broadland District

DATE: 16 Oct 2013

This was a two day inquiry into an appeal by Norfolk Homes Ltd against the refusal of Broadland District Council to grant it planning permission for a 64 dwelling development on an unallocated greenfield site in Blofield. The issues included (i) the approach to be taken to quantifying the Council’s objectively assessed five year housing needs and to calculating its supply of deliverable sites, (ii) whether the scheme should be refused on grounds of prematurity pending the Council’s Site Allocations DPD, and (iii) the proper application of the presumption of sustainable development in NPPF paragraph 14.

Charles Banner (instructed by Iceni Projects) appeared for the Generator Group, the promoters of a further 75 dwelling development the inquiry into which was listed to be heard a few weeks afterwards by the same Inspector, with both appeal decisions to be listed on the same date,