Touring caravan storage harms estate character

A request by the owner of a dwelling in Oxfordshire to store a touring caravan on an adjacent area of amenity land was judged to be unacceptably harmful to the character of the area.

The estate had been constructed in the 1970s and the council stated that it had been designed to be ‘open plan’ with restrictions on boundary treatments. The land upon which the caravan would be sited fell outside the curtilage of the house, the council claimed, and was intended to be retained as a grassed open area albeit within the appellant’s ownership.

An inspector accepted that the estate had largely retained its planned form and the caravan appeared out of keeping, eroding the open character of the site and harming the street scene. Although the application had been recommended for approval, the planning officer concluding that the impact could be mitigated by additional landscaping, in her opinion the caravan unacceptably intruded into the street scene and would lead to the loss of an area of open space which contributed to the quality of the estate.

Inspector Joanne Jones; Written representations

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