Planning Inspectorate dismisses appeal for 200 homes in Nettleham

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An appeal to allow 200 new homes in the village of Nettleham near Lincoln has been thrown out by the Planning Inspectorate.

The final rejection of proposals was made by inspectors on Thursday, July 21 on the grounds that the development would have a harmful impact on the appearance of the area.

Planning Committee members at West Lindsey District Council unanimously rejected the plans in 2016, which would have seen homes built in land north of Larch Avenue.

An appeal was made following this against the decision by Beal Developments Ltd.

In conclusion of the appeal decision, planning inspector Michael Boniface said: “The Development would conflict with the spacial strategy and settlement hierarchy of the Local Plan.

The report added: “It would also result in a harmful impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

West Lindsey District Councillor Giles McNeill, who represents Nettleham ward and took the lead representing the local planning authority at the appeal hearings, welcomed the decision.

He said: “I am thrilled that Mr. Boniface, the inspector, has agreed with us and dismissed the appeal. The proposal to build 200 homes with roads, infrastructure and public open space was totally at odds with local sentiments – expressed in the Nettleham Neighbourhood Plan.

“It will come as greatly reassuring that having adopted the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan the inspector has relied on the relevance of this document, together with that of the neighbourhood plan, in coming to his view that the proposal would be at odds with the amount and location of development for the village and would result in harm on the character and appearance of the area.

“The original planning application was made in March 2015 and now over two years later I am glad that the matter has finally been concluded.”