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Appeal: Council must pay costs for unreasonably refusing 285-home scheme

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An inspector ordered Northumberland County Council to pay costs for causing an unnecessary appeal by withholding permission for 285 homes in Northumberland, calling its approach to NPPF paragraph 14 ‘wrong and unreasonable’.

The appeal relates to land close to New Hartley, a small village north of Newcastle. Inspector Kenneth Stone noted “various documentation” showing that the council had not ruled out the site’s development for housing in the past, and “had indeed supported it”. Notwithstanding this, the council maintained its refusal.

At the inquiry, the council argued that th.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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