Planning inspector backs Council’s decision to refuse application for 190 homes in Great Bentley

Wednesday, 6 June, 2018

A planning inspector has backed Tendring District Council (TDC) in turning down three applications for a total of 190 homes in Great Bentley.

City and Country applied in early 2017 to build homes on land on both sides of Thorrington Road and west of Plough Road. A site south of Thorrington Road would also have had land for a health centre, expansion of the village primary school and public open space, under the proposals.

TDC refused the applications in June last year, but the decisions were appealed by the developers.

Following an inquiry a planning inspector has dismissed the appeals, and also rejected an application by City and Country for TDC to pay its appeal costs.

The inspector ruled that TDC could demonstrate a five-year supply of housing across Tendring, meaning that development outside of settlement boundaries would not be acceptable as there is no immediate housing shortfall to tip the balance in favour of house building.

He also agreed with TDC that the development would unacceptably harm the landscape and heritage of Great Bentley, and said that overall “whether taken cumulatively or individually these three proposals would bring a further increase in housing development that would be clearly disproportionate in relation to the size and status of the village”.

A TDC spokesman said the council welcomed the decision.

“It is important that future development is led by our Local Plan, which will protect the heritage and landscape of the district while ensuring any growth is sustainable,” he added.

“Therefore we welcome the planning inspector’s backing of our emerging Local Plan, our estimates on required housing growth, and therefore supported our rejection of these applications.”

Last updated on: 06/06/2018 - 11:46