Development at depth out of character with rest of village

A development of 59 dwellings on agricultural land on the edge of a village in Buckinghamshire was refused in outline for its significant harmful impact on the character of the village and loss of agricultural land, despite a housing shortfall in the area.

400-013-113 (Image Credit: Aylesbury Vale DC)
400-013-113 (Image Credit: Aylesbury Vale DC)

The main issues in the case were held to be the impact of the proposal on the character and appearance of the area and the loss of agricultural land. For the former the inspector felt that the proposed houses in four rows would result in harmful development at depth which was distinctly at odds with the predominant character of the adjoining village. The inspector gave this significant weight. Numerous public rights of way ran through and around the site and the inspector concluded the scheme would result in "urbanisation" from short distance views and gave this harm moderate weight. 

For the second issue, the inspector held the loss of grade 2 agricultural land was significant given the size of the site in relation to the village as a whole, but gave this loss limited weight. In the planning balance, the inspector held the environmental harms outweighed the social and economic benefits of the scheme, which included new homes and an above average percentage of affordable housing in an area of housing shortfall.

Inspector: RJ Jackson; Written Representations

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