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North Kesteven approves 200-home Branston scheme

North Kesteven Borough Council's planning committee this week resolved to grant permission to housebuilder Taylor Wimpey for a major residential scheme in Branston, Lincolnshire.

The approved outline plans include the construction of up to 198 new homes and community facilities on a 10.86 hectare site. 35% of the new homes are proposed to be delivered as affordable.

The Council's planning officers said in the committee report that the Council could not demonstrate a five year supply of housing land in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The report said that, although the proposals were a departure from existing and emerging local policy, the lack of housing supply and the NPPF's call for sustainable development meant that the scheme was considered acceptable.

"Overall, it is considered that the proposal, with the suggested s106 obligations, provision of 35% affordable housing and recommended conditions, will create a high quality, sustainable development, the residual impacts of which are appropriately mitigated," the report said.

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