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Appeal: 425 houses allowed despite loss of ancient woodland


Permission has been granted for 425 dwellings in Cranleigh, Surrey, after an inspector found that the contribution of the scheme towards unmet housing need outweighed the loss of ancient woodland.

Inspector Ava Wood noted that the 20.83-hectare appeal site constitutes three agricultural fields lying on a flat valley floor.

Waverley Borough Council accepted the suitability of the site for development for a number of reasons, including its proximity to the village centre and relative visual containment owing to topography and existing vegetation. Nevertheless, Wood agreed that the sh.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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