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Appeal: Extant permission from 1949 cannot outweigh self-build harm to green belt

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An inspector has blocked 14 self-build homes on green belt land in Enfield despite a local housing supply of only 2.1 years. He ruled that an extant permission to build glasshouses on the site dating from 1949 was only a ‘theoretical’ fallback position.

The appeal relates to Halstead Hill Nursery, a former horticultural business on Metropolitan Green Belt land near Waltham Cross, Enfield. Although he observed a small brick building, limited remnants of walls and hard surfacing, inspector Jonathan Parsons found the site to be “mostly dominated by grassland, scrub vegetation and trees”.In seeking outline permission for 14 self-build........
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