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Red light for Moorlands village development

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A controversial planning application has been turned down by community leaders.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning committee gave a red light to the outline application for residential development at land adjacent to 10, Ox Pasture in Cheddleton, at it’s March meeting.

Prior to the decision by committee members, the application had been recommended for approval by an SMDC planning officer, despite more than 160 letters of objection being sent in to the authority.

A number of concerns surrounding the proposals had been raised including: lack of facilities and infrastructure to support further housing; the land being the last rural green space in the centre of the village; the scheme not supported by any transport assessment or statement; pockets of ‘green open space’ around the village are important to retain the village character and appearance and; development of any kind would have an adverse impact on the character and appearance of the heritage area, to name but a few.

In the decision notice, which has been published on the SMDC website, a council spokesman said that the application had been refused due to that: “It is considered that the proposals are unsustainable and do not conform with the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework.”

They added: “The NPPF at paragraph 189 requires that an applicant must describe the significance of any heritage assets affected, including any contribution made by their setting.

This is to enable the decision maker to fully understand the potential impacts of the proposal on their significance.

In this case, the applicant has not carried out such an assessment of the impact of the development on the setting of the Cheddleton Conservation Area and setting of the Grade II* Listed church of St. Edward the Confessor.

As a result, there is insufficient information to adequately assess the impact on these designated heritage assets and to correctly apply NPPF policies.”

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