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Appeal: Open space loss does not outweigh housing shortage


Copperwood Developments has been granted permission to develop 56 homes in an area of countryside in Ash, Surrey, after the council’s lack of five-year housing supply was deemed to outweigh the loss of open space.

Inspector Clive Hughes noted that outline planning permission had been refused in 2011 for an 80 to 90 home development on the appeal site. The reporting inspector had concluded that the scheme would be seriously harmful to the character and appearance of the area, and gave great weight to Policy RE4 (Countryside Beyond the Green Belt) of the Guildford Borough Local Plan 2003.

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