Local plan policy supported the provision of tourist accommodation within the park through the conversion of a listed mill building and provision of a new access bridge across the river. More recent core strategy identified a need for a new hotel and the inspector gave greater weight to this and the social and economic benefits of the scheme. Noting the local plan policy predated the NPPF by over ten years and was out of step with the current approach that development should only be prevented or refused on transport grounds where the residual cumulative impacts of development are severe, the inspector concluded an increase in traffic using existing accesses would not be unsuitable or harm highway safety or residential amenity.
Finding also no harm to heritage assets comprising listed buildings, a scheduled monument, a conservation area, and non-designated assets, the inspector concluded the proposal would constitute sustainable development and should be allowed.
Inspector: Ian Radcliffe; Hearing