Local concerns understandable but insufficient to reject housing plan

The concerns of local residents were fully taken into account by an inspector who decided that the impact of 124 houses in west Yorkshire would not adversely affect road safety.

200-004-219 (Image Credit: Persimmon Homes)
200-004-219 (Image Credit: Persimmon Homes)

The scheme involved accessing the site via a traditional style residential road approximately five and a half metres wide which served areas of housing on either side. The council’s case and that of third party objectors was based on personal experiences and local knowledge of the road network including the impact of on-street parking, traffic queues and inadequate visibility. While these were legitimate concerns the inspector did not accept that the scheme would result in hazardous highway conditions for pedestrians or drivers. The appellant had also agreed a package of measures with the highway authority to prevent access via a portion of bridleway which could potentially be used as a rat run.

Inspector: Mark Seaton; Hearing

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