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Appeal: Ministerial statement outweighs core strategy, rules inspector

Frimley High Street

In refusing a plan for seven homes in Camberley on character and appearance grounds, an inspector ruled that the 2014 ministerial statement on affordable housing carried more weight than local policy.

The proposal sought outline permission for seven houses to the rear of a parade of shops in Frimley, a town north of Guildford in Surrey. Surrey Heath Borough Council sought an affordable housing contribution in line with policy CP5 of its core strategy, which requires developments of between five and nine homes to provide 20 per cent affordable housing on site. 

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