Housing density inconsistent with green infrastructure requirements

Despite an appeal site in Cumbria being identified as suitable for housing in a draft emerging local plan, an inspector was not convinced that, in respect of the scheme before him, the land was capable of accommodating 79 units.

400-013-320 (Image Credit: Barrow-in-Furness BC)
400-013-320 (Image Credit: Barrow-in-Furness BC)

The site lay within a designated green wedge although the council accepted that up to 24 dwellings on the site grouped in clusters and with a significant amount of landscaping and green infrastructure would not be inappropriate. This would also ensure that the scheme provided a soft edge to the setting of a settlement. However, the scheme, involving three times the indicative site capacity, would compromise the gap between two settlements and fail to enable it to be assimilated into the landscape. Nor had the appellant demonstrated that the use of a sustainable urban drainage system would ensure that run-off rates would not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere. This was a matter which had to be demonstrated at the outline stage, the inspector held. Consequently, the scheme did not involve a sustainable form of development.

Inspector: M Seaton; Written representations

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