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Appeal: Javid approves 297 homes and new school in Surrey green belt

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Sajid Javid has approved divisive plans to build a replacement secondary school and 297 new homes on green belt land east of Guildford, after ruling that ‘very special circumstances’ had been demonstrated.

The appeal related to Howard of Effingham School, an academy secondary school of 1,600 pupils in Surrey. The proposal was submitted jointly by the school’s trustees and housing developer Berkeley Homes. It sought permission to build 297 homes across three sites, of which 20 per cent would be affordable, which would pay for the redevelopment of the school.

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