Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Inspectors overturn Sevenoaks decision

It looks like there are going to be more sleepless nights for our countywide colleagues in the district and borough planning departments following an inspector’s decision to overturn a council’s decision and approve 140 homes in Sevenoaks, despite it having an agreed Local Plan in place.

The Planning Officers’ Society has warned councils whose local plans are up-to-date, but predate the start of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in March 2012, to expect their house building policies to be over-ruled by central government.

Sevenoaks District Council’s core strategy was decided in 2011, with a five-year supply of housing land available, however as this pre-dates the NPPF the strategy was not considered to be up to date.

Catriona Riddell of The Planning Officers’ Society said: “This is a bit of a landmark decision and has implications for all plans that were adopted pre-NPPF, even if they are only a few years old.”

This is an ongoing issue which Kentcentric will continue to follow.

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