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Appeal: Green light for 300 County Durham homes after ‘valued landscape’ status is refuted


Story Homes and the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance have been granted outline permission for 220 homes and full permission for 80 homes in Sedgefield, County Durham, after an inspector disagreed that the site could be considered a valued landscape in line with paragraph 109 of the NPPF.

Inspector John Braithwaite noted that Durham County Council accepts it cannot demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, with housing supply standing at around 4.04-4.65 years. While the site lies within a designated a green wedge, the aim of which is to protect the setting of the village, this was considered a relevant policy for the supply of housing which, in light of the council's........
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