Further erosion of green wedge acceptable in area of housing need

200 homes on farmland outside a settlement in the Tees Valley were approved despite the loss of land designated as a green wedge and significant other permissions in the vicinity.

The inspector held the main issue related to the impact of the homes on the character and appearance of the area. 32 hectares of land in an area designated as a green wedge were affected, but the inspector considered that the scheme formed part of a wider redevelopment area, including recent permissions for 550 homes nearby, and the visual impact of the scheme was limited in the flat landscape and would be assisted by effective screening. He felt the site abutted an urban environment and the scheme would not seriously intrude into the landscape and there was a sufficient, remaining area of green gap to prevent coalescence between settlements. The site was in a sustainable location and would support local businesses and would contribute to a shortage of housing supply in the area, benefits which outweighed any limited environmental impacts.

Inspector: Paul Jackson; Inquiry

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