Zero carbon dwelling fails green belt policy test

An inspector was not convinced that the zero carbon design of a dwelling in the Bristol green belt amounted to a very special circumstance which would enable him to allow the appeal.

200-002-683 (Image Credit: North Somerset Council)
200-002-683 (Image Credit: North Somerset Council)

In deciding that the design would be neither exceptional nor innovative, the inspector noted that the dwelling would also be located some distance from existing shops and services and would thereby be likely to foster the use of the private car. The design would be competent, maintaining the character of the area. If the appeal were allowed, however, it would set an undesirable precedent for similar schemes without the dwelling being of exceptional design quality or delivering innovative energy efficiency measures which could be applied in other new buildings.

Inspector: David Nicholson; Hearing

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