Land raising to protect site from flooding undermines coastal scene

A scheme to raise the land of a 1.4ha site on Orkney would adversely affect the coastal landscape, a reporter held, agreeing with the council that it was right to resist the development.

In rejecting the appellant’s contention that raising the land would hardly be noticeable to passers-by, the new landform would clearly be viewed as artificial additions in the landscape, the reporter held. A 1 in 5 slope would extend for approximately 130 metres, he observed, which would be incongruous in a generally flattish landscape. There was also a risk that increased surface water runoff would occur towards existing dwellings as a result of changing the site contours. He did not accept the appellant’s claim that a suitable drainage scheme could be devised and should be controlled via a condition since no modelling of the effects had been undertaken.

Reporter: Mike Croft; Written representations

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