Additional dwellings exceed reasonable intensification on green belt site

The Scottish Government agreed with one of its reporters who recommended that a certificate of appropriate alternative development (CAAD) should not be granted for the redevelopment of a dwelling in the Aberdeenshire green belt because it would involve an inappropriate intensification of existing activities.

The council had granted a certificate confirming that a replacement dwelling would have been permitted at the due date. The appellant in response argued that five dwellings involving one replacement and four additional would simply intensify the existing use which was permitted under the terms of a local plan policy. However, the reporter noted that the policy supported one for one dwelling replacements and where it did refer to intensification of an existing use this was aimed at agricultural or rural businesses. In his opinion it did not provide support for the scale of intensification envisaged by the appellant. Nor did a more recent city local plan.

Nor was there any significant evidence of unmet housing demand. The site was not located within a hamlet and it was not identified as an area suitable for further growth. Nor was it part of an emerging hamlet, the reporter, held being located some distance from employment centres and community and service facilities. It would have comprised a freestanding residential development in the countryside which did not accord with the development plan. An alternative certificate was inappropriate, the reporter endorsing the one issued by the local authority.

Reporter: I Urquhart; Written representations

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