- Latest ONS household projections not a material consideration in assessing housing land supply (Oxton Farm v Harrogate BC)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What is the legal and policy background to the case?
- National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
- Material considerations
- Officer’s advice
- Reasons for planning decisions
- What is the factual background to the case?
- What did the court find?
- Ground 2
- Ground 1
- Ground 3
- Case details
Planning analysis: In Oxton Farm v Harrogate BC, the Planning Court found that data on household projections in England published by the Office of National Statistics was not a material consideration to the questions of whether Harrogate Borough Council (the Council) had a five year housing land supply and whether existing policies were out-of-date. On the facts of the case, the data simply confirmed the existing position that the Council had a five year housing land supply, and it was not clear to the court that consideration of the data would have resulted in the planning committee finding differently on whether existing policies were out of date.
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