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Appeal: Housing scheme would harm ancient Roman fort's setting

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Plans to build 52 homes next to a Roman fort near Durham have been refused despite a housing shortage in the area, after an inspector ruled the scheme would harm the 'tranquil and reflective setting' of the ancient monument.

The appeal relates to 3.5 hectares of land currently used for animal grazing, near Lanchester, County Durham. The site borders the 2nd-century Longovicium Roman Fort, a scheduled ancient monument (SAM). The proposal sought permission to build 52 homes on the site, of which 10 would be designated affordable.The Derwentside District Local Plan supports a presumption in favour of preserving........
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