Gladman Homes had lodged an appeal against Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s rejection of the company’s proposal to build 90 homes on farmland.
A six-day appeal hearing, chaired by Government-appointed Planning Inspector Michael Hetherington, was held in early December last year and yesterday it was confirmed the appeal had been dismissed.
The Planning Inspector said the three main issues at the centre of the appeal were the setting of the Leek Conservation Area; the setting of Grade II-listed Pickwood Hall; and the impact the housing scheme would have on the local landscape and visual amenity of the area.
Referring to the Conservation Area, his report concludes: “The appeal scheme would have a significant adverse effect on the setting of the Leek Conservation Area and this would materially harm the Conservation Area’s significance.”
In relation to Pickwood Hall the report said the housing development would “harm the setting of a listed building and designated heritage asset,” while in terms of landscape values and visual impact it would “lead to landscape and visual effects of a ‘major adverse’ significance.”
In his conclusion to the report, Mr Hetherington added: “For the reasons given above and having regard to all other matters raised, I conclude that the appeal should not succeed.”