Farmyard character materially altered by estate road access

The impact of 28 dwellings on a grade II listed complex of farm buildings in a Wiltshire conservation area was sufficient to enable an inspector to decide that this outweighed the need to improve the supply of housing.

200-004-425 (Image Credit: Wiltshire Council)
200-004-425 (Image Credit: Wiltshire Council)

The various buildings formed a traditional and historic U-shaped pattern and the yard comprised an undisputed part of the immediate setting of the heritage assets, the inspector determined. As planned, the proposed access would cut through the farmyard which would lead to a fundamental change to its character. The role of the yard would be transformed into a busy thoroughfare characterised by a modern estate road negating the spatial and functional relationship between the yard and the listed buildings. The loss of part of the farmland would also undermine their setting, and the character of the conservation area would be harmed by the loss of a substantial section of stone wall. Coloured surfacing to the estate road would be an incongruous feature and while the impacts were less than substantial the inspector afforded that significant weight.

Inspector: Richard Schofield; Hearing

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