Village character compromised by insensitive housing on meadowland

In deciding to dismiss an appeal involving 22 houses on an area of greenspace in the centre of a Norfolk village an inspector decided that it would undermine the character of the area and the setting of the settlement.

The open meadowland contained ponds and tress and although not publicly accessible it nonetheless provided an attractive natural green area with local residents valuing its contribution to the community and character of the area. The green aspect of the site and the positive contribution to the character of the area would be undermined by the houses which would reduce the openness of the land the inspector concluded. The road and entranceway would also have an urbanising effect by removing part of a hedgerow and eroding part of the meadowland. In agreeing that the council did not have a five year supply of housing land, the inspector held that the main policy upon which it relied was not intended to restrict the supply but rather was focused on protecting important green spaces.

Inspector: K Child; Written representations


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