Street scene harm thwarts retirement housing proposal

A scheme for 36 retirement apartments adjacent to a major distributor road leading to a Surrey town centre was refused due to the impact on the street scene.

The elevation would be a full three storeys and, although being broken down in blocks that were modulated in relation to the road, would still present a substantial and visible elevation, significantly greater than any existing buildings. When taken together with the proximity of the building to the road this would present a strident and assertive building on the site with a long elevation that would dominate the frontage of the site and would result in material harm to the character and appearance of the area, including the setting of an adjacent conservation area. While the proposed development would not result in material harm to the living conditions of the occupants of nearby residents, with particular reference to outlook; or indeed to the living conditions of the occupants of any surrounding dwellings the scheme would cause substantial harm to the character and appearance of the area.

Inspector: Kenneth Stone; Hearing


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