Haven Homes’ application for 40 homes, a shop with self-service post office kiosk, and community facilities including a playing field, in Newtown, Santon, has been refused.
The developer was seeking approval in principle (14/00332/A) for the development at the site of the former Lancashire Hotel and land to its rear, and Furness Cottage.
Planners turned down the bid despite saying it could bring ‘some benefits’ in terms of additional housing and increased play, recreation and community facilities.
It states ‘the majority of the site is not designated for development and the site is not a sustainable one which is suitable for significant additional housing in terms of its designation in the Strategic Plan and the simple absence of amenities and facilities’.
It continues: ‘It is not considered appropriate that a development of the siting and size proposed be approved in the absence of any land use designation or assessment of need.
‘Nor is it appropriate to prejudge the Area Plan for the East by considering that Newtown is suitable for further expansion of this scale or to consider that this is the site for such an expansion.’
The application was for a mixture of two and three-bedroom homes, including affordable housing over the 23 per cent minimum laid down in the Strategic Plan. All the residents from Ballanoa Meadow and the Newtown estate which took part in a survey supported the proposal.