20 December 2019
The Housing Land Position Statement constitutes an update to the published Housing Land Position (March 2019). To view this statement please visit the Planning Policy Monitoring page.
Councillor Peter Moss, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulations at Preston City Council said,
"Last week's Planning Inspectorate appeal decision regarding the proposed development near Chain House Lane, Whitestake in South Ribble reaffirms the considerable legal and technical work that the Council has been carrying out in the background and our proactive approach to establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Statement of Co-operation between Preston, South Ribble and Chorley Councils for housing numbers in the area.
In advance of the current consultation on the MoU, we have updated our Housing Land position to use the standard method to calculate our minimum annual housing need figure, in line with the appeal decision. The external legal advice we have supports this approach.
Given that Preston shares the Central Lancashire Core Strategy, which was part of the evidence used to support the five year supply position for South Ribble, this takes precedence over the previous appeal decisions made in 2018 relating to two appeals in the Preston area.
The land debated in last week's appeal was safeguarded for future comprehensive development, providing South Ribble with a unique opportunity to defend their decision and have the five year supply situation re-evaluated.
Further more, South Ribble benefitted from a healthy housing land supply when defending this appeal.
Planning is a complex issue and this decision underlines the varied interpretations that can arise.
The reality is that planning decisions are made based on the best information available - we cannot shut the door and refuse to deal with new planning applications while dealing with issues such as housing land supply and so must deal with them in a timely manner according to the information, advice and policy that is relevant at that moment in time.
We remain committed to sustainable development that supports the needs of the growing city and continue to seek the best for the city by applying a plan-led approach, when government planning policy allows us."
The implementation of this decision will result in an additional Planning Committee in February, which will review a number of undecided planning applications including: