A DEVELOPER that saw its 42-home application thrown out by the council because of its “significant harm” to the countryside has chosen to appeal the decision.

Paradigm Housing Group announced plans to counter Buckinghamshire Council’s August decision to refuse a sizeable scheme of new affordable homes on land off High View, in Chalfont St Giles.

The developer said following a “careful review” it would bring its appeal before the Planning Inspectorate.

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But the council said it would bring evidence that backed its original grounds for refusal.

“It remains our firm view that there is a clear and identified need for this amount and mix of new affordable homes in Chalfont St Giles,” said a Paradigm spokesperson. “These homes would help local people who are struggling to rent or buy a home in an area where prices far exceed national and regional averages, and so are largely out of reach for many in terms of monthly incomes.”

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In response, a Buckinghamshire Council spokesperson said: “The council refused this scheme primarily due to the significant harm to the Green Belt, where the local need for affordable housing had not been justified.

“In accordance with standard practice, any applicant can appeal to the secretary of state against a refusal decision by the planning authority.

“The council will be presenting evidence to the appeal inspector in support of the decision to refuse the application. Any hearing date would be a matter for the Planning Inspectorate.”

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