Developer Orbit Homes loses appeal to build 52 new homes in Long Stratton
South Norfolk Council’s development management committee last September refused Orbit Homes planning permission for the development of two fields on the land off St Mary's Road in Long Stratton, going against officers’ advice that it should be given the go-ahead.
The developer later appealed, arguing that there was a clear need for significant housing delivery.
Planning inspector Katie McDonald has now dismissed the appeal upholding the committee’s decision to refuse the 52 new dwellings.
In her report, she stated: “Whilst the level of affordable housing secured through the appeal would be two dwellings more than the policy requirement, there is a separate exception policy for providing affordable homes in the countryside which this proposal would not meet. Additionally, the benefit of the open space is tempered by the lack of connection to the wider countryside.
“It is my judgment that the benefits taken together would not be more important than anything else, exceptional or overriding; bearing in mind the plan led, policy, landscape and visual harms. Thus, the proposal would not present overriding benefits in terms of economic, social and environmental dimensions.”
The plans had sparked 59 letters of objections while Long Stratton Council had raised concerns that the single access along St Mary’s Road was insufficient.