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Appeal: Self-build homes blocked despite undefined green belt boundary

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Plans for 39 self-build homes outside of Morpeth have been blocked, after an inspector ruled the scheme would be inappropriate green belt development, despite the local plan having yet to define the precise boundaries of the green belt.

The proposal, which sought permission for 39 self-build homes including 11 designated affordable, was rejected by Northumberland County Council as inappropriate green belt development. The appellant challenged this decision on the grounds that the boundaries of Morpeth green belt are not “precisely defined”. The general extent of the area is identified in the Joint Structure Plan of........
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