Appeal allowed for Helston’s ‘HX1’ outline planning application
In a blow to those against HX1 planning applicaton and Cornwall Council, the planning inspector has allowed the appeal against Cornwall Council and has granted outline planning permission for up to 340 dwellings (including at least 40% affordable homes) and a building for use for B1 offices and a medical practice on the HX1 urban extension site, west of Trewennack, Helston, Cornwall.
From reading the inspector’s report, the planning inspector took into account the Helston Town Framework Urban Extension Assessment and the emerging Cornwall Council Local Plan. In a blow to both these plans, the planning inspector said “Neither carries significant weight as a policy document”
Why the Local Plan carries little weight is because during the examination of the emerging Local Plan the inspector of the Local Plan recommended the plan should be suspended for various reason including insufficient housing numbers. In response to this recommendation the Council has suspended the Local Plan process. In the report the planning inspector made comment about the housing requirement in the Local Plan submission for 47,500 dwellings over the plan period is inevitably going to rise. The Local Plan Inspector found the need for a 7% uplift to cater for second and holiday homes. This means Helston’s requirement would increase due to the additional requirement for more dwellings.
This is further complicated as only three sites in Helston were taken forward as suitable for development. One HX3 has not, and unlikely to progress further fully due to land ownership. That leaves HX1 and HX2. Neither of which can individually accommodate the required number of dwellings for Helston. Put simply, the Council cannot demonstrate a five-year land supply. In the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). If a Council cannot demonstrate the five-year land supply, then planning should be granted.
So what does this mean for the site, well before the diggers can move in, a full planning application has to be submitted. But as it stands with this appeal decision, planning is acceptable in this area, and it would be highly unlikely for full planning not to be granted.
Furthermore, Cornwall Council also had costs awarded against them will have to pay the applicant, Jackamax Limited the costs of the appeal proceedings described in the heading of this decision.