Detailed housing design and layout judged inconsistent with local character

Following the grant of outline permission for up to 21 dwellings in Herefordshire, an inspector refused to approve reserved matters for the scheme concluding that it made inadequate provision for landscaping and failed to provide an adequate mix of dwelling types.

The scheme would provide a small housing estate which would be a prominent feature in the settlement given its central location, the inspector held. It did not link with adjoining green infrastructure and there was inadequate on-site landscaping and open space. It would have a suburban form which was at odds with the dwelling styles and local village vernacular. By also favouring three, four and five bedroom properties it failed to reflect the mix of dwellings required in the area within a local housing market assessment. It did not comprise good design and was not sustainable, the inspector decided.

Inspector: G Jones; Written representations

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