Legal challenges to overturn approval to build new homes in Silverstone and King’s Sutton have been unsuccessful.
South Northants Council (SNC) had appealed against two decisions by a planning inspector and the secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles MP at the High Court.
Mr Pickles upheld a planning inspector’s ruling to overturn the council’s decision to refuse Barwood Homes’ application for 220 homes to be built at Catch Yard Farm in Silverstone. In a separate decision, a planning inspector also overturned the council’s refusal of permission to build 35 houses on land to the north of Hampton Drive in King’s Sutton.
SNC felt the developments were unacceptable on the grounds they were outside the villages’ confines, were an intrusion into the countryside and represented an over development. In response Barwood Homes argued SNC had not used the correct approach when calculating its five-year housing target.
On Monday, Mr Justice Ouseley said the inspector was entitled to rely on the housing need figures contained in the Regional Spatial Strategy, despite the fact that it was revoked in March 2013, and that SNC was wrong to rely on the housing figures in the draft Joint Core Strategy which have yet to be tested in a public examination. The council now has 21 days to appeal.