Uttlesford District Council originally refused proposals on this site as it encompassed grassland habitat that was being managed to protect the Common Lizard. In response the developers offered to offset the loss of this habitat by providing a larger grassland site for wildlife nearby, which they would manage for 25 years. The planning inspector concluded that the new site “would provide a suitable habitat for the Common Lizard and would provide a grassland of greater value and size than the appeal site does or could”.
Stephen Tromans QC represented the developers in this matter.
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