Modern design viewed as compatible with terraces

Three homes have been permitted on a derelict street corner in north-west London after an inspector saw scope to depart from the traditional appearance of houses in the locality.

Local residents were concerned that the scheme was incompatible with a street scene typified by Victorian terraced houses. But the inspector decided that the site would benefit from an innovative design. The scheme would be an exemplar of the high-quality design supported by development plan policies, she ruled.

She decided that the council's request for £30,000 to compensate for impact on a site of nature conservation importance was not needed to meet the Community Infrastructure Levy regulations. Noise from a nearby railway could be mitigated by an acoustic barrier and detailed design measures, she found.

Inspector: Ava Wood; Hearing

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