Braintree District Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others

Town and country planning – Permission for development. Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework could not be read as a policy against development in settlement without facilities and services, since it expressly recognised that development in a small village might enhance and maintain services in a neighbouring village. Accordingly, the Planning Court dismissed the claimant local planning authority's challenge to the first defendant Secretary of State's decision to allow the third defendant's appeal against its refusal of planning permission to erect two detached single-storey dwellings.

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