Six dwellings have been permitted on a number of back gardens in Dartford following an appeal by Carter Planning. The site was not allocated for housing and was a windfall contribution to housing land supply. The Inspector considered three main factors: the sustainability of the site; whether benefits of development outweigh disbenefits; and the capacity of infrastructure.
The Inspector relied heavily on the National Planning Policy Framework. Paragraph 47, anticipates a significant boost in the supply of housing. Paragraph 17 requires that planning should proactively drive and support sustainable economic development to deliver the homes that the country needs. Moreover, Paragraph 49 states that housing application should be considered in the context of the presumption in favour of sustainable development, as was the case for the appeal scheme. The Inspector concluded that the delivery of additional homes would help meet the country’s need for housing which was a substantial benefit in favour of the proposed development.