The site lay in a wide low-lying vale of predominantly arable land with large, open fields and well-trimmed hedges. The appeal site displayed much of this character, the inspector opined. In her view, the appeal scheme would fundamentally alter the area’s character and appearance, introducing a form of development that would not reflect ribbon development on the opposite side of a road. She found that the extension of buildings into a currently undeveloped part of the village would be apparent from a number of locations, including a public footpath.
She found the proposed access into the site satisfactory, subject to off-site highway improvements. However, in dismissing the appeal, she concluded that the benefits of boosting the supply of housing were outweighed by significant change to the pleasant rural approach to and setting of the village. She disagreed with the appellant that the scheme would be generally unobtrusive in wider views.
Inspector: Rosalyn Kirby; Hearing