Swimming pool and fish pond maintain green belt openness

Planning permission has been granted for the owner of a large dwelling in the Essex green belt to construct an outdoor swimming pool and koi pond, an inspector being satisfied that it did not involve inappropriate development.

The pool would be uncovered and measure 16 metres long and 10 metres wide, with a separate pump house measuring 9m2 and less than three metres high, sited on an area of hardstanding, the inspector noted. Since the appeal involved the provision of facilities for outdoor sport and recreation it fell within the terms of paragraph 89 of the national planning policy framework. In his opinion the development would safeguard the countryside from encroachment and not lead to the merging of settlements. The largely subterranean nature of the development meant that the openness of the area would be preserved, with the proposed pump house appearing as a domestic garden shed and of limited size relative to the main house.

Inspector: Grahame Gould; Written representations

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