Numerous deficiencies sufficient to outweigh benefit of high affordable element

The redevelopment of an industrial building to 59 dwellings in a built up area of Buckinghamshire has been refused despite the majority of the dwellings being proposed as affordable, on the grounds of harm to the appearance and character of the area, detriment to residential amenity and unacceptable impact on flood risk and highways safety.

An inspector reasoned that the scale and siting of some the proposed blocks of flats and parking areas had no clear rationale in design terms and would detract from the character and appearance of the area. She also reasoned that the siting of the blocks in the scheme would result in loss of privacy for existing adjoining residents and potential new residents of the scheme, contrary to national policy. The lack and inaccuracy of information regarding mitigating the flood risk associated with the development was also grounds for refusal in relation to Para 103 of the NPPF. A lack of pedestrian linkages or proper consideration of serivce vehicle access to the site were also stated as concerns relating to highway safety. Ultimately, the inspector concluded that the deficiencies of the scheme were too great to outweigh the positive benefit of the significant affordable housing provision proposed.

Inspector: Christa Masters; Hearing

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