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Developer loses appeal over eco-house plan near Dickleburgh Moor

PUBLISHED: 10:23 19 November 2019

Aerial photography of Dickleburgh Moor. Plans for an eco house nearby have been refused. Picture: South Norfolk Council

Aerial photography of Dickleburgh Moor. Plans for an eco house nearby have been refused. Picture: South Norfolk Council

South Norfolk Council

An appeal against the refusal of plans to build an eco-house close to Dickleburgh Moor has been rejected by a planning inspector.

The proposed eco house on Norwich Road in Dickleburgh would have feature energy saving measures and a striking design. Picture: South Norfolk CouncilThe proposed eco house on Norwich Road in Dickleburgh would have feature energy saving measures and a striking design. Picture: South Norfolk Council

The proposals would have seen a self-built home, featuring a striking curved design and carbon negative eco features, on a plot of land adjacent to Moorlands on Norwich Road.

Dickleburgh Village Society was amongst those to object arguing it would impact on the nearby wildlife wetland at Dickleburgh Moor.

The plot of land on the left hand side of Norwich Road in Dickleburgh that was the proposed site for an eco house. Picture: GoogleThe plot of land on the left hand side of Norwich Road in Dickleburgh that was the proposed site for an eco house. Picture: Google

South Norfolk Council refused the plans in October 2018 stating it: "Would be out of keeping with the open nature of this part of Dickleburgh and would not enhance or conserve the landscape character."

The applicant Derek Lock had appealed against the council's decision but planning inspector Graham Chamberlain has dismissed the appeal stating the proposals would be contrary to the local development plan.

He said: "The appeal scheme would have moderate economic, environmental and social benefits. These would not be more important than the harm I have identified to the character and appearance of the area."

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