High Court orders reconsideration of 140-home ‘countryside’ development 

The High Court in London ordered Sedgemoor District Council to reconsider plans for a 140-home development near Bridgwater in Somerset. Builders Gladman Developments submitted plans in 2017 to build on land off Newton Road, North Petherton. They were turned down by planning authority Sedgemoor District Council over concerns about archaeology, roads, flooding and settlement boundaries. Gladman appealed, but in July a planning inspector ruled against it. By that time the concerns about archaeology, roads and flooding had fallen away. However, the planning inspector found that, as the development was outside the settlement’s boundaries, and therefore in the countryside, it breached
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