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Appeal: Javid backs neighbourhood plan by refusing 220 homes

Sajid Javid

The housing secretary has sided with North Somerset Council in refusing permission for 220 homes despite a local housing shortfall, attaching decisive weight to the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan.

The appeal concerned a parcel of land in the village of Backwell, 14km north-east of Weston-Super-Mare. Although the site is largely encircled by other buildings, it is beyond the settlement boundary of the village. The appellant, Charles Church Developments, sought permission to build 220 homes on the site, revised down from 340. North Somerset Council refused permission for the scheme on........
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