Planning Inspector rejects Handleys Lane development

Priti Patel MP has welcomed the decision taken by a Planning Inspector to reject a planning appeal for five large five bedroom dwellings at a site off of Handleys Lane in Wickham Bishops. Priti, who supported local residents in opposing this development, welcomed the Inspector’s finding; in particular his conclusions that the site was unsuitable for the development proposed, the development would erode the tranquillity and rural setting and would harm the character and appearance of the area. Priti said:

“I commend the local community for coming together to object to these proposals and for putting such a strong case forward for the Planning Inspector to consider. The findings against the development were compelling and this decision has saved this site from a harmful development.”

“Wickham Bishops has already experienced significant levels of new housing in recent years for a village of its size. New housing should be plan-led but this appeal was for a development proposal outside of the settlement boundary which would not have been in keeping with the character of the area.”