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The second appeal for 79 houses on Land North of Purton Road has been rejected by the planning inspector.

It was a finely balanced argument over 12 pages of the Decision (see here).

Essentially, the proposal would not accord with the spatial strategy of the development plan and the Planning Framework when taken as a whole. Despite financial contributions towards early years education facility provision, public open space and play equipment and waste and recycling facilities, these did not outweigh the additional harm to the character and appearance of the locality.

Although the housing would offer significant benefits, there would also be very significant harm in the opinion of the Inspector who concluded by dismissing the appeal.

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