A DEVELOPER who has been rejected three times for plans to build homes on land in Toft Hill has appealed again.

Toft Hill Ltd, submitted an outline application for 22 properties at Holme Farm, in Toft Hill, which were unanimously rejected by councillors at Durham County Council’s South and West Area Planning Committee last October.

Plans had originally sought permission for 50 houses, before being reduced, while a previous application had sought to build 100 properties, with access.

But it was still not enough to convince planning officers, who said it would cause an "unacceptable incursion into the countryside".

The applicant’s agent, AAH Planning Consultants, then appealed to The Planning Inspectorate to overturn the decision which was considered by inspector Elaine Gray, and dismissed.

Now the developer has appealed again.

In their appeal, the developer said the council has failed to recognise how the reduction in the number of houses would reduce the impact on the landscape and views.

It also stated that residents who objected to the reduced car parking spaces on the A68 would benefit from a new parking bay which would be quieter and safer.

To view the application visit publicaccess.durham.gov.uk