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Rutland County Council will not fight Vistry Homes' appeal to overturn refusal of Ketton development

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Rutland County Council has said it will not contest an appeal aimed at overturning a decision to refuse a village housing development.

Last July, the council's planning and licensing committee refused an application to build 75 homes off Park Road, in Ketton, prompting Vistry Homes to appeal the decision.

The plans were refused due to its open countryside location and because the council had a stable five-year housing land supply at the time.

The masterplan for the Vistry Homes application in Ketton. Credit: Pegasus Group (57288895)
The masterplan for the Vistry Homes application in Ketton. Credit: Pegasus Group (57288895)

However, with Rutland’s housing land supply having since reduced to about 4.1 years, and with no other technical reasons to resist the development, the council has no grounds to contest the appeal.

The National Planning Policy Framework, which guides local planning authorities, now states that permission should be granted unless adverse impacts significantly outweigh the benefits.

This means planning applications are more likely to be approved in areas that do not have a five-year housing land supply.

The council said the decision had been reached following legal advice from a specialist planning barrister.

Coun Edward Baines, chairman of the council’s planning and licensing committee, said the council is preparing a public consultation to discuss a new Local Plan.

Applications for several large-scale housing developments in Rutland have been submitted since the council abandoned its proposed Local Plan last September.

“This has not been an easy decision, but it is the only one when we consider the current condition of Rutland’s housing land supply," said Coun Baines.

"This also underlines the importance of developing a new Local Plan for Rutland as quickly as possible."

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