Increased car journeys for employment weighs against sustainability of housing

A phased mixed use development, including 138 residential units, at two separate locations on the edge of a village in County Durham was refused for its harm to the character and appearance of the countryside and setting of the village and to the environment generally through increased car journeys to access employment and larger services. The proposal comprised phase one: 57 bed care home, community centre, retail units, 20 affordable bungalows and 19 self-build units and phase two: 42 further residential units.

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