In this blog article, Beth Abbott from our Conveyancing team demystifies the term ‘Caveat Emptor’, the principles of which are key when buying or selling a new home. What does Caveat Emptor mean? Put simply, Caveat Emptor is a Latin term...
Sixty New Homes in Open Countryside 'Sustainable', High Court Rules
Local authorities are under an obligation to set aside sufficient land to meet demand for new homes in their areas and one High Court case has underlined that those who fail to do so are at grave risk of having developments foisted upon them.
A council had refused planning consent for a development of 60 homes in an open countryside location. After the would-be developer appealed, however, that decision was reversed by a government planning inspector. He noted the council’s concession that it did not have in place a five-year supply of housing land.
In ruling that the project was sustainable, the inspector found that it would cause only very limited harm to the area’s rural character. Given the inadequacy of the council’s housing land supply, the development’s contribution towards meeting unmet demand for new homes outweighed any environmental objections. In rejecting the council’s challenge to the inspector’s decision, the Court found that the balancing exercise he performed could not be faulted.