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09/03/2018

Appeal: Inspector opts for Sedgefield approach in approving 141 homes

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An inspector’s decision to employ the Sedgefield approach in calculating the housing supply shortfall in Milton Keynes led him to approve plans for a 141-home extension to a nearby village, despite ‘significant public opposition’ to the scheme.

The appeal concerned a “square-shaped parcel of arable land” beyond – but adjacent to – the settlement boundary of Hanslope, a village seven miles north-west of Milton Keynes. The appellant sought permission to build 141 homes on the site. In planning terms, the land is in open countryside, where development is contrary to Milton Keynes Council’s spatial strategy........
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