Retirement housing design and density compatible with local area

The redevelopment of a public house in Cheshire with 38 retirement apartments for the over 55s was permitted notwithstanding the council's concern regarding its design and density.

The site lay along a busy distributor road within a pleasant and extensive suburban residential area, an inspector noted. It was characterised by a mixture of two storey detached and semi-detached properties with a small number of bungalows. The appeal scheme would result in a building whose height exceeded the adjacent housing but this impact had been mitigated by siting the tallest element within the centre of the development, with a reduction in height towards the boundaries. At 102 dwellings per hectare the density also exceeded the average of around 35 dwellings per hectare but this would not be out of scale with the wider area, the inspector determined. Nor would it appear overly dominant or harmful to the street scene.

Inspector: Louise Nurser; Written representations

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