Making assumptions

Assume: To make an ass out of u and me.

The DCP Blog was a little perturbed to find the following in a recent appeal decision relating  to the refusal of planning permission for five houses in Buckinghamshire (DCS Number 400-021-979).

“The main parties disagree about whether the Council is able to demonstrate a five year supply of deliverable housing sites.”….“I am not in a position to reach a firm conclusion about whether the Council does have a five year land supply. However, not with-standing this, for the purpose of this decision I will assume that there is no five year land supply….”

While the inspector’s reasoning made no difference to the overall decision to dismiss the appeal, it does seem unwise to simply assume the lack of a five-year housing land supply, especially when the council was claiming an 11.7 year supply.

Section 9.1321 of DCP Online concerns housing land supply in rural areas.