Unintegrated urban extension rejected

An inspector was not convinced that a scheme for up to 60 dwellings on the edge of a village in Buckinghamshire would not harm the character and appearance of the area.

The appeal site comprised part of a field adjoining a residential area and prison complex. While a large part of the appeal site would comprise public open space, the 60 dwellings would be concentrated between the open areas. In his opinion given that the new landscaping would take some time to mature, it would appear as an unintegrated urban extension into the countryside which would harm the settlement’s edge and rural setting. The planned upgrading of a public footpath would not be sufficient to deter future residents from using their car to access services in the village and this was the least sustainable means of developing sustainable transport solutions he opined.

Inspector: Luke Fleming; Hearing

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