27 August – The secretary of state has turned down plans for an urban extension in Cornwall after deciding that draft regional spatial strategy (RSS) figures should not be given any weight. See here.
The secretary of state decided that no weight should be placed on regional housing figures in light of his decision to abolish RSSs. He found almost 19 years’ supply of housing land based on a saved structure plan policy. The government is committed to supporting authorities in their own assessment of local housing needs and how these should be met, he stressed. The appeal site’s suitability for housing should be considered through the local development plan