Housing plan impact on Beck Row ‘acceptable’

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Planners have approved an outline application to build 24 homes on disused farmland at Beck Row.

Forest Heath’s Development Control Committee approved the application on Wednesday night after the plans were amended to overcome concerns raised by its officers.

Beck Row Parish Council had objected because the site at Beck Lodge Farm, St John’s Street, is outside the settlement boundary, would be out of character, create additional traffic and was close to a nature reserve.

But district council officers reported that the village boundary was in a 1991 structure plan ‘which has now been abolished’ and they concluded its effect of the character of Beck Row was ‘acceptable’.

Approval was recommended with requirements for 12 affordable homes and contributions towards the pre-school and primary school, libraries and open spaces.