Truly outstanding dwellinghouse design rejected in quality landscape

An inspector was not persuaded that the design of a dwelling house in the High Weald AONB in east Sussex based on the arts and crafts style of the late 19th century would be truly outstanding in the context of paragraph 55 of the NPPF.

In reviewing the plans and design statement the inspector decided that there would be little outstanding about the appearance of the dwelling let alone meeting the test of being ‘truly outstanding’. A building in an established style could not be innovative and the inclusion of a wildlife habitat into the fabric while unusual was a normal requirement of much new development. The immediate setting was a field within the AONB and there was very strong support for protecting the natural beauty of the locality, he decided.The houset would consciously declare its presence by virtue of the prominent chimneys and roof line, its bulk only partly reduced by partly digging into the slope of the land. On arrival at the house visitors would be presented with three utilitarian garage doors giving a mundane impression. In his opinion, contrary to the claims of the appellant, the design did not flow from the hill so that it fitted seamlessly into its surroundings. No landscape or visual assessment had been undertaken to demonstrate that this would be the case. The proposal fell well short of properly addressing the need to significantly enhance its setting, the inspector decided, and the appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: Paul Jackson; Written representations


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