Landscape & Environment
Relevance of the Goodleigh Road decision
It is interesting to see what the Government's Planning Inspector Jessica Graham, who conducted the Goodleigh Road appeal, had to say under the heading ‘Landscape' in February 2013:
In other words, the Inspector, despite finding that North Devon (at that time – 2013) did not have an assured five year housing land supply, did not believe that this was a reason to over-ride all existing policies in the area of protection of the landscape.
The Inspector held up Policy ENV1 specifically as part of her argument, which clearly indicates that she considered this Policy to have validity. North Devon Local Plan Policy ENV1 states that:
The Planning Inspector in the Goodleigh Road case upheld the refusal, despite the lack of a five year housing land supply.
5 Goodleigh Road Appeal Decision, 18 February 2013, p.5, para.24, p.6 para.30, p.7 para's 31 & 35
6 North Devon Local Plan Policy ENV1