Rounding off dismissed as out of scale with village

An inspector rejected an outline proposal of up to 60 houses outside a village in Cornwall after finding the scale of development excessive for an appropriate rounding off of the settlement.

The site lay on the edge of the village on the slope of a hill overlooking a town. While the services and facilities of the town would be accessible from the proposed development, including via alternative means of travel, the inspector did not consider the site well related to it, being separated by a by-pass and open fields, and the site related closely to the village with its much more limited local services and facilities.

Spatial strategy in an up-to-date development plan allowed for the possibility of rounding off villages where new housing would be of an appropriate scale to the settlement size and role. The inspector recorded that the proposed 9.4 per cent increase in the size of the village would be substantial and not of an appropriate scale. He gave weight to compliance with a definition of rounding off in an advice note from the chief planning officer for Cornwall, noting that the site was surrounded by built development on three sides and a physically defined field boundary on the open edge. Nevertheless, he concluded the scale of the development would be larger than could be described as rounding off and dismissed the appeal despite the benefits of a contribution to the supply and mix of housing, including affordable housing and access to and support for local services and facilities.

Inspector: A Steen; Hearing

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