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Inspector upholds refusal of 30 new homes on historic site

PUBLISHED: 12:35 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 13:52 03 September 2019

Impression of one of the 30 homes that had been planned for Redgrave. Picture: Hollins Architects/Mid Suffolk Council

Impression of one of the 30 homes that had been planned for Redgrave. Picture: Hollins Architects/Mid Suffolk Council

Hollins Architects/Mid Suffolk Council

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal against a decision to refuse of plans to build new homes on historic land at Redgrave.

Plans for 30 homes at Redgrave. Picture: Hollins Architects/Mid Suffolk CouncilPlans for 30 homes at Redgrave. Picture: Hollins Architects/Mid Suffolk Council

Developers had been seeking to overturn the decision that 30 homes should not be built on land adjacent to Charters Towers at Gallows Hill in the village near the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

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Redgrave Parish Council and Suffolk Preservation Society had opposed the plans and refusing them in March 2018 Mid Suffolk Council said it would have an "adverse impact" on the special character, landscape and appearance of the area and the historic, architectural and high potential archaeological value of the site."

Developers had appealed arguing small scale developments had recently been approved in similar villages.

Inspector John Braithwaite dismissed the appeal due to the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of Redgrave Conservation Area.

He said the plans would: "Introduce a concentration of 30 dwellings, set around a central 'green', that would be alien in layout to the pattern of existing development."

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