Housing land shortfall fails to secure green belt conservation area scheme

A development of 18 dwellings within the Edinburgh green belt and conservation area was judged to be inappropriate and harmful to the setting of a category A listed building.

The greenfield site was bounded on one side by mature trees associated with the listed house and a listed boundary wall. In accepting that the house could not be seen from the appeal site due to the tree belt the reporter placed weight on the comments from Historic Environment Scotland who advised that the site formed part of the formal garden around the house. Historic maps showed footpaths leading from the house to the site and the proposed development would have a major impact on the wider, rural setting of the listed building. It would also reduce the separation between the conservation area and existing housing developments adversely affecting the conservation area.
In disagreeing with the appellant’s claim that the site no longer fulfilled any green belt function, the reporter agreed with the council that it contributed to the rural landscape character of the city and would reduce the openness of the land. The absence of a five year supply of housing did not outweigh the harm she had identified.

Reporter: Katrina Rice; Written representations

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