Village housing rejected on AONB harm

A fully worked up scheme for nine houses outside a Warwickshire village was found to harm an area of outstanding natural beauty, a conservation area, ecology and provide an unsuitable mix of housing.

The appellant sought to address some of the reasons of refusal with a revised layout and amended house mix and types, and the creation of a wildlife corridor and ecology area. The inspector considered, however, that although the parish council had been consulted on the new plans, others had not, and over concern that prejudice might occur, he decided to proceed on the basis of the application plans.

In respect of these plans, the inspector concluded a snaking cul-de-sac layout and an element of bulky 2.5 storey houses would be a jarring and out of keeping development close to the historic core of the village, and would also harm its rural setting and detract from the Cotswolds AONB.

In addition, the mix of market and affordable housing within the scheme did not reflect the preferred percentages set out in an adopted core strategy, and the revised details could not be taken into account by the inspector. Finding also inadequate evidence that any harm to the ecology of the site could be mitigated, and a five-year supply of housing in the district, the inspector dismissed the appeal.  

Inspector: Philip Major; Written representations


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