Conservation area site make limited contribution

Permission was granted for the erection of 18 dwellings on an overgrown field within a Warwickshire conservation area and inspector rejecting a claim by English Heritage that it would have a significant impact on the setting of the area.

A village design statement prepared by local residents highlighted the importance of open community spaces and small paddocks such as the appeal site. Picturesque thatched timber framed cottages dominated parts of the village but there was also a considerable variety of building styles the inspector noted. Although the council argued that the appeal site and adjoining paddocks were fragments of the historic pattern of developed streets, the inspector determined that it made little contribution to the rural identity and historic significance of the conservation area. It was enclosed on three sides by 20th century development and would not materially harm the setting of listed buildings.

Inspector: Anthony Lyman; Inquiry


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