Pegasus Group has secured planning permission for 260 houses on an unallocated site at Desborough in Northamptonshire on appeal.

This was despite the local planning authority being able to demonstrate a Five-Year Housing Land Supply and the housing requirement for the town having already been exceeded.

The case followed an earlier appeal (by others) that was dismissed for a similar sized scheme on an adjoining site, where the Inspector found that it would lead to an unacceptable distortion of the spatial strategy. However, an analysis of the evidence actually showed that committed growth was not diluting the strategy of focusing growth at Kettering or resulting in disproportionate growth in the individual market towns.

The Inspector ultimately concluded that the proposed Pegasus scheme would result in limited harm but significant benefits to the local community. The appeal was subsequently accepted and planning permission granted.

The appeal team was led by Giles Cannock QC. David Hutchison, Executive Director from Pegasus’s Cirencester office, was the planning witness. Simon Tucker, from David Tucker Associates, dealt with transportation, and Paul Harris, from MHP Landscapes, was on landscape and visual impact.

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