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30/01/2018

Appeal: Eco-home would not meet ‘evolving standard’ of NPPF paragraph 55

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An inspector has refused plans for a technologically advanced carbon-neutral home in Worcestershire, ruling that it would not reach the ‘high and evolving’ standards required by paragraph 55 of the NPPF.

The appeal relates to a parcel of isolated land near the village of Alfrick, Worcestershire, on the site of a historic holiday cottage that was demolished in the early 20th century. The appellant sought permission to build a “contemporary, sustainable and carbon-neutral three bedroom home”.

At the beginning of the hearing, inspector S J Papworth pointed to the

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