Pastiche styled dwellings out of character within garden

The erection of four large detached houses within the grounds of a grade II* listed dwelling in Hampshire were judged by an inspector to be misconceived and out of place.

The dwellings had been designed in neo Georgian and Edwardian styles containing five bedrooms with multiple reception rooms plus home offices. They were "look at me" houses the inspector held the design of which was misconceived given the site’s context. In failing to set them within generous grounds they were out of place and the staggered layout around a cul-de-sac had a distinctly suburban feel which related poorly to the listed building. Since it would also lead to the loss of a ‘picturesque garden’ which was an integral part of the historic grounds there was a need to protect the land from further encroachment.

In addition the proposed development lay close to a special protection area and RAMSAR site which required a precautionary approach to be adopted under the habitats regulations 2010. Although a financial contribution had been paid it was not clear how this would be spent or whether it was sufficient to mitigate the possible harm.

Inspector: Jacqueline Wilkinson; Written representations

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