Henlow housing decision upheld after inspection

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A government appointed planning inspector has upheld a decision by Central Beds Council to refuse planning permission for a housing development on open countryside in Henlow.

In July 2013 Gladman Developments submitted an outline planning application for the development of 93 dwellings at a site rear of 102 to 126 High Street in Henlow.

The council refused the application on the grounds that it was outside of the Settlement Envelope and would cause harm to the character and appearance of the area.

Gladman appealed against the refusal and on September 30, a public inquiry was held during which the planning inspector, Christine Thorby, heard representations from both parties.

A representative from Henlow Parish Council emphasised the high value placed on the site by the local community who felt that the development was inappropriate.

In a decision issued on November 20, the planning inspector upheld the council’s decision to turn down Gladman’s application.

In her decision the inspector said: “There would be harm to the character and appearance of the area conflicting with local and national policy and the adverse effects would demonstrably outweigh the benefits.

“The proposal would not be sustainable development and the appeal fails.”

Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “I am extremely pleased with this outcome. This is a triumph for local people and for localism. The officers involved presented an excellent case and it comes as no surprise that the appeal failed.”

Jason Longhurst, Director for Regeneration, said: “The council is keen to see new housing being built and is always working to ensure a good supply of housing land. However, it is important development happens in the right place and this scheme was resisted because it wasn’t.”