An independent planning inspector has upheld a decision by Wyre Forest District Council to refuse planning permission for 195 new homes near Bewdley.

Planning inspector Matthew Nunn has today (Wednesday 14 March) published his decision after considering evidence presented during an eight day long appeal hearing by developer Gladman in October 2017.

The council objected to the proposed development on the grounds it would have a detrimental effect on the historic setting of Bewdley, that it was unnecessary and undesirable and would cause adverse harm to the character of the landscape.

Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council’s Planning Committee Stephen  Williams said: “I very much welcome the planning inspector upholding the planning committee’s objections and dismissing this appeal.

“His decision will be greeted by many residents in and around Bewdley who were genuinely concerned about the sheer size of the proposed development and the detrimental effect it would have on the area.”

In dismissing the appeal Mr Nunn said he had serious concerns about “the very significant and adverse effects for the rural landscape”.

He said: “I have carefully weighed the significant shortage in housing supply in the balance as well as other benefits that would arise from the scheme. I have considered the contribution of the proposals towards addressing the undersupply of housing, both market and affordable.

“However, in this case, I consider that the adverse impacts of granting permission, specifically the very serious material harm to the rural character of the locality and incursion of development into the countryside would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme.”

A full copy of the planning inspector’s decision is available here.