Impact on cul-de-sac harmful to amenity of residents

Plans to access a housing development of 114 houses off a short cul-de-sac in Staffordshire would have a materially harmful impact on the amenity of existing residents, an inspector has ruled.

The cul-de-sac contained five dwellings which would be used to provide access and egress to the new housing estate. This would result in 63 vehicle movements in the morning peak and 76 in the evening peak with over 620 over a 12-hour period. In agreeing with the council that this would not necessarily be unsafe the inspector was concerned that the noise and disturbance caused by the increased traffic movements would materially change the quiet and peaceful character of the close. This depended on a subjective assessment of the impact rather than technical noise reports which could not accurately reflect the underlying change in the residential environment.

Inspector: Victoria Lucas-Gosnold; Hearing

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