Inspector rejects 200-home development due to adverse effect on European sites

The regeneration of a hotel business through the sale of associated land for 200 new homes, a park and landscaping on the Essex coast were refused this week for risking harm from recreational pressure on protected European sites nearby.

Of the many issues in the appeal, the planning inspector focussed on the proposal’s impact  from recreational pressure on the nearby European designated sites for nationally important birds and their habitats.

In her appropriate assessment, the inspector held that the planning obligation in relation to the mitigation for the recreational effects on the European sites, a proposed suitable alternative green space and financial contributions, fell short technically.

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