Planning permission for new Longsdon houses blocked to protect green belt

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Plans to build new houses in Longsdon have been refused because of councillors’ concerns they would disrupt the area’s green belt.

JCM Group Holdings (UK) Ltd, based in Leek, applied for permission to build homes on Leek Road in November 2015.

The proposed site on the corner of Leek Road and Denford Road, making up 3100 square metres, is currently in use as a paddock.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council refused planning permission this week, saying in its notice: “This site is located within the green belt where there is a presumption against
inappropriate development.

“Further significant harm would arise from the impact that the proposed development would have on the character and appearance of the countryside.”

Longsdon Parish Council also raised concerns about the plans.

Parish councillors objected to the application because, they said, it would represent “inappropriate development in the green belt,” and access to the site would be at an accident blackspot.

Several of the village’s residents also wrote to the district council on the subject.

One letter from George Messenger said: “I note the need for new housing in Longsdon to address a shortfall in recent years.

“New homes will be essential to meet a local need and allow younger people to remain in the village.

“However, it is essential that the proposed location of new housing is carefully considered to ensure it best relates to and enhances the village, whilst limiting the loss of green belt and its openness.

“I consider that the application site is not suitable for development and will result in the clear encroachment onto green belt and the physical extension of Longsdon.

“The village has plentiful sites at its ‘centre’ where development is far more suitable, sustainable and will enhance the vitality of Longsdon.”

Copyright David Weston

The New Inn in Longsdon. © Copyright David Weston and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The proposed site faces the New Inn, a former pub that has been empty and boarded up since 2006.

In October 2012, the pub was approved as the site of four new dwellings, two of which would be built on the New Inn’s old car park.

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