Reservoir conversion leads to openness increase

The conversion of a redundant reservoir within the Cheshire green belt was approved because the scheme would lead to a modest increase in the openness of the area.

A structural engineers report advised that the building was in good condition constructed of concrete, brick and steel and since it had few openings it was not suited to business re-use an inspector held. As part of the development earth mounding would be removed and a green roof created which would slightly increase the openness of the area. A fence would also be removed and a hedge planted which would also contribute to greater sense of openness he determined. These benefits would offset the loss of openness caused by the construction of a new driveway and turning area such that overall he decided that the development was not inappropriate.

The site lay over one kilometre from a town and two kilometres from a railway station but these distances did not mean that it was unsustainable. It would ensure the re-use of an existing building, contribute towards housing supply and its construction and use would contribute to the government’s aim of delivering a low carbon future.

Inspector: Ian Radcliffe; Written representations

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