Following a recovered Appeal, the Welsh Ministers have granted outline planning permission for 175 new homes at Oakdale Golf Club in Caerphilly.
The key issues identified by the Inspector included the proposal’s conflict with national policy; and the impact of the proposed development on the setting of the Oakdale Conservation Area.
The Appeal Inspector recommended that permission should be granted, and placed considerable weight on the contribution the scheme will make in addressing a significant housing land supply shortfall. The Welsh Ministers agreed that this material consideration and the benefits of the development outweighed the conflict with the Development Plan. Both the Inspector and the Ministers rejected the Council’s contention that the scheme was premature to the LDP Review, noting that a scheme of 175 dwellings does not go to the heart of the Plan and the Council did not produce evidence of why granting planning permission would prejudice preparation of the LDP Review.
The Ministers also made a full award of costs to the Apellants.
LRM Planning were instructed by Persimmon Homes to manage the appeal. The Hearing took place in May 2017, where Owen Jones acted on behalf of the Appellant alongside Steffan Harries and Lime Transport.