Planning inspector rejects 420-home planning appeal on carbon and landscape grounds

Plans for 420 homes in Herefordshire have been dismissed by a planning inspector because the development did not align with the shift towards a low-carbon economy and would harm the visual landscape.

Last Friday, the planning inspector, on behalf of the secretary of state, rejected an appeal by developers Ian and Kathleen Griffiths and Gladman Developments to build on a 23.5-hectare site in Ledbury, west of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

The developers hoped to overturn Herefordshire Council’s planning refusal, arguing that the local authority was unable to demonstrate a five-year housing supply – a national planning policy that requires councils to have enough sites ready for development to meet their housing needs for the next five years.

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