Poor design leads to industrial building dismissal

A proposal for a new industrial building in rural Kent was dismissed due to it being of a poor design.

The site formed part of a larger area of land that benefited from an established use certificate for the storage and repair of heavy plant and vehicles. The wider landscape consisted of open farmland. The proposed industrial building would be in excess of 40m in length and 10 m in width with an eaves height of 5m. The building would be clad in corrugated metal and include a number of large industrial roller shutter doors which the inspector found would add to the industrial and urban appearance of the building. He concluded that the building would appear as a large and incongruous industrial building in the rural setting.

In addition it was found that the proposal would not harm the living conditions of the occupiers of an adjoining property, with particular reference to noise and disturbance. The appellant suggested that the development would introduce a significant economic benefit to the local area safeguarding existing jobs and potentially increasing employment opportunities in the area.  The inspector gave significant weight to a small employment generating use in an area where unemployment was relatively high. Overall, though, the poorly designed building was found to be inappropriately sited and harmful to the character of the area.

Inspector: Kenneth Stone; Hearing

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