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Appeal: Javid blocks 109-home scheme in York green belt despite housing shortfall

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Communities secretary Sajid Javid has upheld an inspector's decision to refuse 109 homes north of York, ruling that preventing harm to the green belt outweighed the provision of housing, despite a serious supply shortfall in the area.

The proposal was initially blocked amid confusion about whether or not the site is within York's green belt, whose boundaries have never been formally defined. Javid agreed with inspector Pete Drew's observation that a diagram included in the local Regional Spacial Strategy provided a firm basis for including the site in the green belt. Noting that the lack of a defined boundary does........
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