Planning approval granted for 3 dwellings in Fordham

Planning was approved today for 3 new dwellings in the East Cambridgeshire village of Fordham outside village frame framework. The delegated report justified the principle of development as follows;

" The local planning authority is not currently able to demonstrate that it has an adequate five year supply of land for housing. Therefore, all Local Planning policies relating to the supply of housing must be considered out of date and housing applications assessed in terms of the presumption in favour of sustainable development set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. This means that development proposals should be approved unless any adverse effects of the development significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits. The benefits of this application are considered to be: the provision of an additional residential dwelling built to modern, sustainable building standards and the positive contribution to the local and wider economy in the short term through construction work." .

In May 2018 an appeal was allowed in East Cambridgeshire on the basis that the Local Planning Authority could not demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply and as such policy Growth 2 of the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 is currently considered to be out of date.