Appeal Court overturns High Court refusal for 400 homes near Derbyshire country house

Appeal Court overturns High Court refusal for 400 homes near Derbyshire country house

The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision to refuse planning consent for a 400-home development close to a Grade I-listed country house in Derbyshire.

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