Homes approved in green belt Cheshire

The Planning Inspectorate has allowed an appeal for a rural exception housing scheme for 14 homes within the green belt in Norley near Delamere Forest.

Mosaic Town Planning obtained the permission for the 1.5-acre on behalf of Partner Construction. The site is owned by local farmer David Barnes.

The development will include nine affordable homes and five for private market sale. The proposal was originally refused by Cheshire West & Chester Council.

In his decision, the Inspector agreed that the provision of affordable homes for local need satisfied the policy exception to the erection of new buildings in the green belt. He also found that the proposal contributed positively to the character of the village.

An exception site is one that would not usually secure planning permission for housing, for example agricultural land next to but not within a local settlement area. However, permission can be granted if the homes meet a specific local need.

Leon Armstrong, associate at Mosaic, said: "We are pleased that the Inspector has backed our case and identified not only the urgent need for affordable housing in rural Cheshire, but the positive contribution the scheme would make to the street scene.

"The provision of a modest number of affordable homes in villages, such as Norley, is essential to securing vibrant neighbourhoods and preventing the social migration of valuable members of the community."

Partner Construction aims to start on site in the coming months and will work closely with a registered provider partner who will acquire and maintain the properties upon completion.

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