Enabling vicarage and better access insufficient to outweigh harms to listed church

A proposal for a replacement church hall and another for a vicarage were refused in a Kent village for harm to the fabric and setting of the listed grade II* church and the appearance and character of the conservation area in which it was set, through the loss of the curtilage churchyard walls to create a new access for both schemes and the proposed vicarage itself. The inspector felt the public benefits of both schemes did not outweigh the harms, despite Historic England not objecting to the proposals.

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