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Appeal: Sustainability comes second to development plan in Maidstone scheme

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An inspector has refused permission for 45 homes near Harrietsham, Kent, despite judging the scheme economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, ruling that the local development plan should carry most weight because the council could prove a five-year housing supply.

The appeal relates to a hybrid application, seeking full permission to convert a grade II listed building (‘the malthouse’) into a home, as well as outline permission to build 45 homes on a nearby field. The site lies beyond the settlement boundary of Harrietsham, a large village near Maidstone. 

According to the Maidstone Borough Local Plan, countryside development shoul.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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