Rear parking court would not provide a secure environment

13 dwellings on vacant land in a built-up area of west Yorkshire were refused for not providing a safe or secure environment and harm to the appearance and character of the area from loss of trees subject to a tree preservation order.

400-017-011 (Image Credit: Leeds City Council)
400-017-011 (Image Credit: Leeds City Council)

The issue of safety and security of the environment related to a proposed rear parking court bounded by  arden boundary fences and a public footpath linking two adjoining roads. The area had higher than average national crime figures and efforts had been made to remove remote and non-overlooked parking courts elsewhere in the vicinity to tackle issues of crime and antisocial behaviour. The inspector felt the enclosure of the parking court would not allow for passive surveillance from ground floor windows or gardens of the proposed houses and alternative boundary treatments or potential but un-detailed CCTV schemes would not be sufficient to deter crime and antisocial behaviour.

The inspector also considered that various protected trees would be lost or threatened through the development in an area where very few trees existed and this would adversely affect character and appearance. He felt that proposed replacement planting would not be adequate over the longer term because of the proximity of the new trees to the homes and parking areas, resulting in pressure to fell, lop or top the trees as they matured.

Inspector: Philip Lewis; Written representations

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