Section 76 appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a major housing development at a Green Belt location which, according to the local planning authority (North Somerset), contravened all existing and emerging policies in housing location.

The appeal was determined by the Secretary of State in view of its importance, and turned heavily on the interpretation and weight to be given to the then emerging RSS (now abolished by the new government). The appeal was decided in favour of the local planning authority shortly after the change of government.