Village homes blocked by valued landscape finding

A ruling that a site within the setting of North Yorkshire's Nidderdale AONB is a valued landscape has led to dismissal of an outline application for up to 80 dwellings.

The site comprised an area of agricultural land on rising ground at the edge of a village. In the inspector’s view, it formed part of a pleasing rural landscape and was largely undifferentiated from the nearest part of the AONB. In his opinion it could be classified as valued landscape for the purposes of the NPPF, even though it lay outside the designated AONB.

An illustrative masterplan did not allay the inspector’s fears over the scheme’s harmful impact to the landscape because it would deliver a large amount of development away from the main built-up area of the village. He also found that it would appreciably diminish the quality of a public right of way due to diminished views across the site and that a proposed vehicular access would lead to unacceptable loss of trees of amenity value.

Inspector: Darren Hendley; Written representations


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