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Appeal: Landscape harm seals fate of 430-home Durham scheme

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An inspector has turned down a major housing scheme near Sedgefield because of ‘serious harm’ to the character of the area, despite ruling that the landscape could not be considered ‘valued’ under NPPF paragraph 109.

LOCATIONNewton AycliffeAUTHORITYDurham County CouncilINSPECTORH Baugh-JonesPROCEDUREInquiryDECISIONDismissedREFERENCEAPP/X1355/W/17/3180108The appeal concerned 21 hectares of unmanaged agricultural land near the town of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The appellant sought outline permission to build 430 homes on the site, revised down from 450.Although a neighbourhood plan for the Aycliffe area........
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