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Appeal: Harm to heritage assets outweighs housing need

Moor Street, Rainham

Gladman Developments has been refused permission to develop 190 dwellings on land north of Moor Street, near Rainham, after an inspector judged that the negative impact the development would have on the Moor Street Conservation Area and two listed buildings outweighed the benefits of the scheme.

Inspector Paul Griffiths acknowledged that The Medway Council is unable to demonstrate a five year supply of deliverable housing land, but argued that the judgment of the High Court in Forest of Dean indicates that presumption in favour of sustainable development is not triggered unless the proposal can first pass balancing exercises regarding the harm to designated heritage assets.

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