16:18 Thursday 07 March 2013

Housing plan considered to be harmful to the countryside

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

A PLAN to build two houses in the East Staffordshire countryside looks to be over after an appeal against its rejection was dismissed.

The application had been submitted to build the dwellings on land in Lodge Hill, Tutbury, but planners were not prepared to give the plans the go-ahead as they felt it would have a detrimental impact on the countryside.

The planning inspectorate, handling the appeal process after it was dismissed by East Staffordshire Borough Council, also said that the proposal fell outside of the boundary which had been deemed acceptable for development.

Beverley Doward, the inspector, said: “It would not constitute development essential for the working of the rural economy nor would it be for the type of development considered appropriate in the open countryside.

“Local plan policy states that outside development boundaries, planning permission will not be grated for development unless it is essential to the working of the local economy.”

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