Bungalows allowed outside settlement boundary

Two bungalows adjacent to a village in Gloucestershire were allowed, an inspector deciding that they would not harm the integrity of the settlement boundary.

The inspector acknowledged that in development plan terms the site was in the countryside, and was on higher ground than its immediate village surrounds. However, he considered that the site had a sense of enclosure, with the mature skyline vegetation, the local buildings on two sides and the access road adding integration. Further, the bungalows would be spaciously set with scope for additional landscaping. He found that the scheme as a whole would sit visually comfortably in its location. He also found no harm in respect of the living conditions of neighbours and the effect on protected trees, and decided that the council’s objectives in respect of carbon emissions could be addressed by means of a condition.

The inspector reasoned that part of the underpinning for a settlement boundary was to protect the qualities of the settlement on the one hand and the countryside on the other, and he found that the scheme would prejudice neither. He was not surprised that the council was considering including the land within the settlement boundary. In respect of the NPPF, he observed that the erection of the dwellings would stimulate economic activity and provide social gain by providing decent homes, thereby meeting the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Inspector Douglas Cramond; Written representations

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