Former orchard associated with listed manor house unsuitable for housing

Outline planning permission for up to 15 dwellings within a Derbyshire conservation area and in the vicinity of a registered park and garden was denied because of the adverse impact on heritage assets.

The site, a former orchard, had a clear hierarchical relationship to the grade II* registered manor house, an inspector determined. It lay adjacent to a cornfield and formed part of the wider area of open space. This would be lost should housing and domestic paraphernalia be allowed. Removing a portal framed barn and shed would be of benefit along with abandoned cars and other items. But this would not offset the harm to the conservation and listed walls around the manor house. Despite the site comprising land outside but adjacent to the settlement boundary and within easy walking distance of shops and services, the inspector decided that development in the countryside and the impact on heritage assets meant that it did not comprise a sustainable form of development.

Inspector: Gwilym Powys Jones; Inquiry

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