Plots 1-82 were constructed using a Spanish slate which had been approved by the council. The use of a man-made fibre cement replica slate whilst having dressed edges would have a smooth surface giving a uniformity in colour and textures unlike that of natural slate, the inspector decided. Nor was it clear if it would weather like a natural material. Using it on the remaining plots would create an arbitrary division in the appearance of the units which would undermine its overall coherence and design. It would also fail to support the council’s aim of promoting and reinforcing local distinctiveness particularly on a visually prominent site on the edge of a town.
Inspector: Alwyn Nixon; Written representations