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Appeal: Landscape harm outweighs benefits of 65-home Berkshire scheme

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An inspector has refused outline permission for up to 65 homes in Berkshire because of harm to the surrounding landscape, despite engaging NPPF paragraph 14 in light of the area's housing supply shortfall.

The appeal relates to a 4.69 hectare arable field bounded by hedgerows and trees, near Swallowfield, a village south of Reading. The proposal sought outline permission for up to 65 homes, as well as open space and landscaping.Before the inquiry began, the two parties - Wokingham Borough Council and Richborough Estates - agreed on an objectively assessed need (OAN) of 894 homes per year for the........
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