Council wins homes block

A housing developer that had hoped to build 21 homes on a greenfield site in the village of Walsden, near Todmorden, has been stripped of its permission by the High Court.

Judge Grenfell, sitting in Leeds, quashed the government's grant of planning consent to Leeds and London Properties following a challenge by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council.

The authority, which had refused permission in November 2007 before a planning inspector allowed the developer's appeal in January this year, successfully argued that the inspector failed properly to apply government policy that prioritises the use of previously developed land for new houses.

It claimed that he also failed properly to apply the council's own local development plan that puts that policy into force. The application to build 21 two and three-bedroom terraced properties around courtyards off Hollins Road will now be reconsidered by a different inspector.

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