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Appeal: Exeter ‘green lung’ outweighs benefits of 123 homes despite severe shortfall

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Plans for 123 homes on land within Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter, have been refused despite a local housing land supply of just 2.5 years because the inspector considered the site a ‘valued landscape’.

The appeal concerned a 6.73-hectare parcel of agricultural land on the eastern fringes of Exeter. The site forms part of the Ludwell Valley Park, which is protected under the Exeter Local Plan (LP). The appellant sought permission to build 123 homes on the site, along with structural planting and a “green spine” of open space.Notwithstanding its location on the fringe of the city,........
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