Housing scheme held to comprise major development in AONB

A development of 20 houses in the Nidderdale AONB in north Yorkshire would comprise major development, an inspector opined, and dismissed the appeal.

The inspector agreed with the council that having regard to the site’s location with three of its boundaries adjoining agricultural land it amounted to major development and consequently permission should only be granted in exceptional circumstances and where it was in the public interest. It would introduce development into a pastoral landscape of a valley floor which would give rise to significant harm. This would also adversely impact on the enjoyment and appreciation of the natural beauty of the area. This was compounded by its adverse effects on the setting of a conservation area. Even under circumstances where the council had been unable to demonstrate an adequate supply of housing, the harm to the AONB was overriding and no exceptional circumstances had been demonstrated.

Inspector: I Jenkins; Written representations

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