Loss of open space and impact on character lead to appeal failure

The erection of 10 dwellings on part of a wider area planned for housing in Oxfordshire would fail to maintain the character of the area and entailed the loss of a planned area of open space, an inspector determined, leading him to dismiss the appeal.

The site comprised open land within a larger permitted development of 44 dwellings. As part of the approved scheme the appeal site was planned to be used as an informal open space area, the inspector noted, and in the absence of any on-site replacement its loss was not acceptable. It would harm the setting of the village and in the absence of any need for more housing, it did not comprise a sustainable form of development.

Inspector: Jonathon Parsons; Written representations

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