Urban extension impact on highway network and air quality acceptable

The erection of up to 270 dwellings together with appropriate landscaping would create a legible and appropriate extension to a settlement in Warwickshire, an inspector decided, also concluding that with suitable off-site mitigation it would not undermine highway safety.

The appellant proposed a substantial financial contribution to fund highway improvement works which, while not eliminating current queuing problems, would allow traffic from one direction to avoid using a congested gyratory system. There would be a slight deterioration in air quality but this was not a sufficient justification for refusing permission, the inspector held. Nor was the impact on the countryside. The proposal could achieve good design with footways and cycle routes between the two main parts of the site which would be developed as two cul-de-sacs. The council accepted that it could not demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land and the scheme would deliver 35 per cent of the dwellings as affordable units. The location of the site approximately two kilometres from a town centre was reasonably sustainable.

Inspector: David Nicholson; Inquiry


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