Pegasus Group represented clients at a Section 78 inquiry in March 2017, regarding the development of up to 220 dwellings on a site adjacent to the settlement boundary of the Service Village of Backwell. The site was entirely enclosed by but outside of the settlement boundary.
- Pegasus Group presented evidence which demonstrated that:
- the Council was unable to demonstrate a five year supply of deliverable housing sites and that as such policies relevant to the supply of housing should not be considered up-to-date;
- Backwell is the most sustainable Service Village in North Somerset and yet the emerging Site Allocations Plan directs much greater levels of development to less sustainable settlements;
- there are significant housing accessibility issues in Backwell;
- the development was consistent with the made Neighbourhood Plan;
- the made Neighbourhood Plan did not allocate sites for housing and so does not benefit from the protection afforded by the Written Ministerial Statement of 12th December 2016; and
- there were no adverse impacts which significantly and demonstrably outweighed the benefits of the proposed development.
The appeal was called in by the Secretary of State during the inquiry and the decision is awaited.