Homes bid faces refusal

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planning officers want to refuse a bid to build five new homes at Bullbridge Hill.

J R Melrose Building Contactors Ltd appealed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate after Amber Valley Borough Council’s decision to refuse permission for the detached houses, but the appeal has been dismissed by the inspector because the site is not within the built framework.

The applicant argued Bullbridge and Fritchley should be regarded as a single settlement, but the council’s officer disagreed and said they were “clearly distinct places”, which should be considered under two planning policies. In a report, the inspector wrote: “Policies H5 and EN1 only permit housing outside the built framework of settlements in certain specific situations, none of which apply in this instance. In conclusion the appeal site is not an appropriate location for residential development.” A decision will be made at the planning board on Monday.