Appeal to build homes rejected

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HOPES of building four new homes on land on the edge of Melbourne have been dashed after the planning appeal was rejected.

The Planning Inspectorate upheld East Riding Council’s planning committee’s decision to turn down the application to build two pairs of semi-detached bungalows on Campey Lane.

The main reason given was that the proposed homes would have an effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

The site is part of the residential land of 15 Campey Lane, but is outside the development limits of Melbourne, as set out in the local plan, and is classed as open countryside.

Moreover, and under strict new building controls, it was no longer classed as brownfield- previously developed land which would have been acceptable for building- and had become a greenfield site.

Planning inspector Louise Crosby said: “I am not aware that there is a demonstrable local need for housing, such that greenfield sites, not allocated for development in the local plan, need to be released at the present time.

“I accept that the proposal would provide some lower cost market dwellings for first-time buyers and small households.

“Nevertheless, despite the bungalows likely to be at the lower end of the market, because of their size, they would not constitute affordable housing.

“Consequently, I have afforded this matter very little weight.”