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Neighbourhood plan concerns help sink Hereford and Cheshire housing schemes

Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Communities Secretary refuses a development in Bartestree for 100 homes and separately a 200 home scheme in Sandbach, both were in conflict with neighbourhood plans…

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has dismissed two separate recovered housing appeals in Hereford and Cheshire partly because of conflicts with neighbourhood plans.

The first scheme at issue was Gladman Developments’ outline application for up to 100 new homes in the village of Bartestree some three miles from Hereford which was refused by the unitary authority. The other was for proposals for up to 200 homes at Sandbach, originally rejected by Cheshire East Council.

In both cases the inspectors who held the public inquiries recommended the projects should not be approved.

Javid’s decision letter on the Hereford scheme, which also involved proposals for open space and a community orchard, acknowledged that the planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.

However, he gave significant weight to the adverse impact of the proposals on the character and appearance of the surrounding area. He agreed the development would represent an “inappropriate level of growth” for the village and was in conflict with the emerging development strategy for the village.

In the case of the Sandbach scheme the Secretary of State agreed with the inspector that it would breach both local plan and neighbourhood plan policies, posed environmental harm and would lead to irreversible loss of open countryside.

Read the recovered appeal: Land at Longworth Lane, Bartestree, Hereford

Read the recovered appeal: Land to the rear of Park Lane and Crewe Road, Sandbach, Cheshire

Roger Milne