The inspector considered the main issue was whether the proposed five new homes constituted sustainable development, noting that the five year housing supply in the area was marginal but that the contribution any new homes could make would be limited.
Having determined the site to be well located in terms of access to services the inspector considered whether the proposal would meet the exceptions in paragraph 55 of the NPPF regarding development in the open countryside. The only one that applied was the design quality of the scheme and in this respect the inspector agreed with the council's conservation officer in finding the proposal an exemplar new build barn conversion model without precedent in the county and beyond in respect of its high architectural standard, attention to detail, vernacular pattern of development and high levels of energy performance. The inspector found no harm to the appearance and character of the countryside nor ecological interests from the development and held it to represent sustainable development in all respects.
Inspector: M Seaton; Written Representations