Pegasus Group approach to objectively assessed housing need proved reasonable in High Court.
Pegasus Group were successful in providing evidence on the matter of objectively assessed housing need (OAN) and the five year housing land supply position in support of a developers appeal against the decision of West Berkshire District Council to refuse an outline application for residential development. In determining the planning application the Council claimed a five year housing land supply however this was disputed by the appellant. Pegasus Group assisted the appellants at the 6 day inquiry, using the Chelmer model presented an alternative OAN to that used by the Council in their Core Strategy and as the basis for their emerging Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document. The role of Pegasus Group was central to the outcome of the appeal as it led the Inspector to consider that the Council could not provide a five year supply of housing, and allowed the appeal on this basis.
Subsequently the Council lodged a High Court appeal against the Inspectors decision, and the High Court decision has now been issued. The Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the Council’s challenge of the appeal decision.
This decision has significant implications for housing supply not only in the Thames Valley, but also for the calculation of OAN for housing nationally. Pegasus Group offer a wider range of expertise in providing consultant derived OAN, including the use of Chelmer modelling and would be happy to discuss these services in more detail upon request.