Editor's pick: Homes judged harmful to river corridor setting

An inspector has dismissed plans for 93 homes on a field in Bedfordshire, finding that the harm caused to the setting of a river corridor outweighed the scheme's benefits.

200-002-978 (Image Credit: Central Bedfordshire Council)
200-002-978 (Image Credit: Central Bedfordshire Council)

The site lay adjacent to a settlement sweeping down to the river. The inspector noted that this open landscape had enabled the creation of a substantial recreation area with a sense of detachment from the village. The proposed homes would occupy much of the site, with a wide buffer adjoining the recreation area.

The inspector opined that the development would present a harsh edge when viewed from public footpaths and the recreational area, reducing its sense of remoteness and feeling of being in the countryside. She found it difficult to determine whether a five-year supply of housing land was available, but held that the permanent damage caused to a landscape important to local character and valued by local residents was of overriding weight.

Inspector: Christine Thorby; Inquiry

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