Communal amenity space inadequate and unattractive in appearance

A development of 10 dwellings and nine flats on Merseyside has been judged to provide inadequate outdoor communal amenity space, an inspector rejecting claims by the appellant that such space was rarely used and was offset by access to public parks and recreational facilities.

The council’s policies stressed the importance of usable outdoor space for flat dwellers and the submitted drawings indicated hedging and areas of shrub planting within the garden which would further reduce the limited amount provided, the inspector held. Removing the landscaping would make it more austere and less attractive, undermining the street scene and preventing the successful integration of the building into its setting. The garden would also front onto a busy main road and the proposed screening would not provide adequate privacy to those using it. While some occupiers might use local parks and public areas of open space this was no substitute for providing well designed and adequate space within the site, the inspector determined.

Inspector: Michael Moffoot; Written representations

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