Good news – 67 homes on inappropriate site appeal dismissed

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal by a developer wanting to build 67 homes on the former Norton Ash Garden Centre near Faversham.

We had objected to the plans because the site is unsustainable with no community facilities. All travel would be by car. The inspector agreed that “it amounts to the creation of a suburban housing estate in a rural location with few facilities”. He said “the proposal is not in a sustainable location and does not represent development in the right place”.

Photo, Vicky Ellis

Photo, Vicky Ellis

The inspector also agreed that the development is in fundamental conflict with Swale’s development plan because the site is within countryside outside of any settlement.

CPRE Planner Jillian Barr said: “We were pleased that the inspector took notice of Swale’s emerging local plan and attached weight to its settlement strategy.  We hope the council will take this decision into account when considering other speculative development proposals.”

May 10th 2016