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Appeal: 80% increase in footprint will not harm green belt openness

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An inspector has approved plans for a replacement industrial unit in the Rotherham green belt with an increase in footprint of 80 per cent, citing a judge’s ruling that green belt openness is not only a volumetric matter, but also one of visual impact.

The appeal site is located within the Rotherham green belt in a rural area bisected by the nearby M1 motorway. It comprises 1.4 hectares of industrial units, warehouses and storage containers, and open areas between buildings are hard surfaced.The appellant sought permission to demolish one of the buildings and replace it with an industrial unit with a footprint that would be 80 per cent larger........
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