Setting of early council houses in rural area prioritised

Four houses constructed in the 1860s for a south Yorkshire local authority which were grade II listed led an inspector to refuse permission for an employment development nearby.

The two pairs of semi-detached dwellings included decorative features and their aesthetic interest stemmed from a very early example of council housing set in a pleasant rural setting close to a canal. They would lie 80 metres from the nearest part of the development, an inspector noted, and it would detract from their setting, making them appear hemmed in. Since the submitted plans also failed to ensure that a colony of common lizards were adequately relocated this added to the inspector’s concern about the scheme.

Notwithstanding the fact that the application had been recommended for approval by officers, the inspector decided that the appeal should be dismissed. She also refused to award costs to the appellant on the basis that the council had substantiated its concerns in respect of heritage and ecological matters.

Inspector: Zoe Hill; Written representations

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