1,500 Buckinghamshire homes blocked over landscape impact
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for a 1,500 housing scheme in Buckinghamshire despite it lacking a five-year housing land supply.
The refusal ruled that the proposal would not amount to sustainable development. Hallam Land Management appealed against the decision from Aylesbury Vale District Council. The council refused the outline application of up to 1,560 homes on a 117-hectare agricultural site to the north-east of the town. In this week’s decision letter on Hallam’s appeal, Javid agreed that Aylesbury Vale District Council cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites and that there has been persistent under-delivery of housing.
Last year, former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles dismissed four recovered appeals comprising a total of 6,000 homes on three sites around Aylesbury. This came following recommendations of refusal from the same inspector.
It was decided that the development would have a significant adverse impact on the character and appearance of the landscape. It would also engulf historic field patterns and would have the undesirable effect of merging Aylesbury and Bierton, creating a loss of distinct village identity.
Taking a variety of matters into consideration, the Secretary of State decided that the scheme would not amount to sustainable development and that there are no considerations that would justify granting outline planning permission.