Readers will recall that the NPPF swept away a raft of national guidance on 27 March 2012. Nevertheless, a particular section of PPS 7 is still in regular use. The inspector in (DCS Number 200-004-489) explains why:
‘The Framework itself contains no guidance on how to determine essential need for a rural worker to live at or near a site. However, although no longer government policy, Annex A of Planning Policy Statement 7: Sustainable Development in Rural Areas (PPS7), sets out a useful, tried and tested methodology for assessing whether there is an essential need for a rural worker’s dwelling on a holding. I see no reason to discount it as a useful tool in seeking to establish whether a permanent dwelling is justified.’
Inspectors are clearly not willing to give up this methodology, as a search of the Compass database will reveal, particularly, perhaps, as without it they are left with a policy vacuum. Interestingly, it appears to stand alone in that it shows no sign of falling out of use over the passage of time. Exceptionally, perhaps it is time for it to be formally reintroduced to national guidance.
The following DCP chapter is relevant: 9.331