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Appeal: Houses ruled within acceptable walking time of services


Plans to build two detached houses near Dobcross, Oldham, have been allowed after an inspector decided that although the distance to nearby services was too great, the walking time was still acceptable.

According to the Oldham Joint Core Strategy, new developments should be within 480 metres of at least two key services. Inspector Thomas Hatfield noted the agreement of both parties that the development would exceed the 480m limit. However, the strategy also allows for an alternative measure of access to facilities, based on time taken to walk to them instead of distance. By this metric, the........
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