Inspector supports tightly defined settlement boundary on character grounds

A redevelopment for five new homes in place of a single dwelling outside a village in Hampshire was refused for failing to comply with the development plan and causing environmental harm.

The main issue revolved around the suitability of the location for the proposed market housing in a district with an unchallenged five-year housing land supply. The site straddled the settlement policy limits and comprised a bungalow (inside the settlement boundary) set in a large plot (outside the settlement boundary) adjoining open countryside. Three of the five plots proposed would lie outside the settlement boundary. Both local and neighbourhood plan policies placed the garden of the site outside the settlement boundary and the inspector saw no reason to question this and held the proposal was contrary to housing location policies, especially as it was only for market housing and the local area had already exceeded its housing targets.

In addition, the inspector could find no material considerations to warrant a decision other than in accord with the development plan, finding the proposal would detract from the linear nature of the village and was not well located in respect of access to shops and services by non-car borne modes of transport.

Inspector: Gareth W Thomas: Written representations


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