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Appeal: Essex dwellings refused owing to rural setting impact

Rural housing
Gladman Developments has been refused permission for 110 dwellings and a doctor’s surgery in Bicknacre, Essex, after an inspector decided that the scheme’s location outside of the settlement boundary would harm the character and appearance of the village.
Inspector Lesley Coffey noted that the settlement boundary in question was fixed having regard to the need for accommodating housing requirements in the Chelmsford City Council Core Strategy, which the parties agreed do not represent an objectively assessed housing need in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).Although the weight to be given to the settlement boundary........
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