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Appeal: ‘Pressing need’ justifies 140-home plan in rural Cambridgeshire

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An inspector has granted permission for 140 homes in rural south Cambridgeshire, ruling that in the context of a chronic and worsening housing supply shortfall in the area ‘rigidly applying local settlement hierarchy policy’ would not be appropriate.

The appeal site comprises three fields on the edge of Caldecote, a small settlement in south Cambridgeshire designated as a “group village” by the local authority. According to local policy, only schemes of eight dwellings or fewer will be allowed in group villages (rising to 15 on brownfield sites). Developments that increase reliance on car travel are also prohibited.

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