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Javid blocks major Staffordshire housing scheme

Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

Communities Secretary dismisses appeal for mixed-use development in the village of Stretton, concluding that scheme breached a number of local plan policies and was contrary to the neighbourhood plan…

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has dismissed an appeal by Gladman Developments Ltd over a mixed-use development of up to 385 new homes, open space and land for a primary school.

The development, in the village of Stretton, was originally refused by East Staffordshire Borough Council and included provision that a third of the housing would be affordable.

The outline scheme was proposed for a 23-hectare site in the Trent River valley in a predominately agricultural location. The inspector who held the covered appeal had recommended the development should be blocked.

Javid’s decision letter noted that the provision of market and affordable housing carried “substantial weight” but pointed out that the council could demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.

The Secretary of State considered that the loss of best and most versatile (BMV) land carried moderate weight against the proposal as did the harm to the landscape and visual amenity.

The letter said the appeal scheme was not in accordance with a number of local plan policies and was contrary to the neighbourhood plan.

“Having regard to the strategic nature of the development plan policies breached, he considers that it is not in accordance with the development plan. The Secretary of State therefore concludes that the appeal should be dismissed and outline planning permission refused”.

Read the decision letter.

Roger Milne