Partially submerged dwelling not of exceptional quality

In refusing to permit the construction of a dwelling partially sunk into a Gloucestershire hillside an inspector has concluded that the design was not of truly outstanding quality.

The building would have a circular form and a ‘green’ roof and although the appellant claimed that there were few comparable dwellings nationally, the resultant design was not truly outstanding, the inspector held. It did not incorporate the highest architectural standards and would result in an isolated dwelling in the countryside which would not enhance its immediate setting nor be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the area. It would therefore be inappropriate to allow the scheme which would create an unsustainable pattern of development which would undermine the character of the countryside and make little contribution to the rural economy.

Inspector: R Kirby; Written representations

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