Appeal allowed for residential development in Little Melton, Norfolk

A Planning Inspector has granted outline planning permission for circa 30 dwellings on the edge of Little Melton, Norfolk following a refusal by South Norfolk District Council in 2018.


The application was refused on the basis of its alleged landscape harm and the impact of the development on the character and appearance of the area. The Council concluded that the alleged harm would outweigh the benefits of delivering new housing in this location.


Lanpro successfully argued on behalf of Glavenhill Strategic Land that the Greater Norwich Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) 2017 (which shows the Council to be able to demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing within the Norwich Policy Area) can be afforded only “limited weight” in the determination process, having not been subject to Examination in Public. The Inspector agreed that the Council’s inability to demonstrate a 5 year supply against their adopted Local Plan requirement, triggers the presumption in favour of sustainable development set out in both Local and National Planning Policy. The Inspector concluded that the development would be of social and economic benefit and that any harm would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh these benefits.


Lanpro Little Melton Masterplan

If you have any queries on this decision or would like to discuss a similar proposal, please contact Hannah Smith at Lanpro on 01603 631 319 or