Pegasus Group had previously successfully demonstrated that North Somerset Council was unable to demonstrate a five-year land supply in numerous appeals. We were instructed to prepare evidence on this matter in support of a Section 78 appeal for the development of up to 220 dwellings with supporting infrastructure.
On the basis of the evidence prepared by Pegasus Group, the Inspector concluded that the Council was only able to demonstrate a 4.07 year land supply. The appeal was recovered by the Secretary of State who reconsidered the housing land supply position and concluded that the Council was actually able to demonstrate only a 3.9 year land supply and that as a result the provision of market and affordable housing should be afforded very significant weight. However, regardless of this, the Secretary of State considered that the policies of the Neighbourhood Plan should be afforded significant weight as the Council was able to demonstrate in excess of a three-year land supply.
The Secretary of State considered that the conflict with the development plan and the harm to the character and appearance of the area should be afforded substantial weight and accordingly dismissed the appeal.