DC Casebook: Housing: New build - Separation distances ruled insufficient

Plans for a single dwelling in a Hampshire back garden have been ruled unacceptable after an inspector expressed concern about limited separation distance between plots.

The plot had a road frontage and the house would be set closer to the highway than the majority of properties along it. It would be just 1m from an existing boundary. The inspector considered that retention of existing landscaping would present a considerable challenge. Limited amenity space would make the plot appear markedly smaller than others and lead to a cramped form of development, he decided.

Government policy does not support "garden grabbing" and such land is no longer classified as previously developed, he remarked. These considerations reinforced his decision to dismiss the appeal. He was also concerned that the appellant had not submitted a planning obligation covering financial contributions towards public services.

DCS Number 100-068-980

Inspector Brian Cook; Written representations.

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