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Appeal Dismissed in Bracknell Forest - Fresh Consideration of Housing Supply

Annabel Graham Paul

Following a 3-day inquiry under the new Rosewell procedures, adopting a topic-based approach, an Inspector has dismissed an appeal for 73 Assisted Living units in Ascot on the basis that the proposal would have a significant, permanent, adverse effect on the character and appearance of the site and surrounding area.

The Inspector gave detailed consideration to housing supply in the Bracknell Forest District and concluded that the Council currently has 6.08 years of supply. She also considered legal arguments as to the effect of paragraph 11(d) of the NPPF and whether the older-style countryside policies were out-of-date triggering the ‘tilted’ balance. She distinguished other appeal decisions in the District, such as Tilehurst Lane, Bidford, and found that the policies that were most important for determining the application were not out-of-date.  

Annabel Graham Paul appeared for the successful local authority, Bracknell Forest Council, instructed byInderjit Bhatti.

The decision can be found here.