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Appeal: Inspector blocks 18-home scheme despite housing shortfall

Saffron Walden / Geograph: M J Richardson

An inspector has blocked plans for 18 homes near Saffron Walden, Essex, despite the area’s housing supply shortfall, upholding all four of the local council's reasons for refusal at appeal.

The proposal sought permission to build 18 homes and garages on part of a historic field near Great Sampford, a small Essex village surrounding by countryside. Uttlesford District Council rejected the appeal on four grounds. Inspector Tom Gilbert-Wooldridge assessed each in turn.Regarding the character and appearance of the area, Gilbert-Wooldridge considered that the scheme would result in the........
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