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Appeal: Eco-home ‘not sufficiently innovative’ for NPPF paragraph 55

Sidlesham / Simon Carey

Plans for a zero-carbon climate-neutral settlement near Chichester have been blocked after an inspector ruled that its renewable technologies were ‘increasingly finding favour’ with housebuilders and could no longer be considered innovative.

The appeal relates to a parcel of land near Sidlesham, a village in West Sussex, separated from the settlement by a large open field. The site lies within the “rest of plan area” as determined by the Chichester Local Plan spatial strategy, where development is restricted unless it specifically requires a countryside location. The appellant argued that the proposal should be allowed........
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