Campaigners celebrate after Mattishall homes bid appeal dismissed
- Credit: Matthew Usher
A village's battle to stop nearly 100 homes being built on its outskirts may have ended after more than a year.
Many people in Mattishall, near Dereham, have opposed the bid by Cheshire-based Gladman Developments to build 90 homes on land off Dereham Road.
The village is already one of the largest in the region and villagers feared a development of the size suggested would change its character as well as bring the risk of flooding.
After Breckland Council's planning committee rejected the scheme, Gladman appealed and the decision was taken to the planning inspectorate.
Inspector Peter Rose dismissed the appeal after a and in his report said 'the proposal would lead to a harmful loss of open countryside contrary to the existing character and appearance of the appeal site and its surroundings'
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He added risk of flooding was a factor at the site.
While Gladman had offered a 65 home scheme as part of the appeal Mr Rose said both bids were not acceptable.
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The decision has been met with pleasure by campaigners including the Mattishall Matters group, which was set up to combat perceived overdevelopment within the village.
Work on a Neighbourhood Plan document, which would outline where local people wished to see development, is also in advanced stages.
Andy Maule, chairman of Mattishall Matters, said: 'I think its excellent news.
'It is a triumph for sense over aggressive development really.
'It adds credibility with regards to what we are doing with the neighbourhood plan.
'Whether Gladman want to take it to judicial appeal, we will have to wait and see.
'With the weight of opinion in the village, the majority of the village will be very pleased at this.'
Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, who made a submission to the appeal hearing, said: 'I am delighted that the voice of local residents and councillors has been heard and that this application has been rejected by the inspector and the appeal dismissed.
'We need to continue to fight inappropriate overdevelopment, and promote sustainable models of rural development in keeping with the rural nature and heritage of our towns and villages.'
Gladman declined to comment on the decision and whether it would appeal.
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