House refused for poor design rather than countryside location

A new dwelling outside a development boundary of a village in Essex has been refused, its form and design being considered harmful to the appearance and character of the area.

The appeal site comprised part of a field sandwiched between two distinct parts of the village. There was some doubt about the housing land supply position in the area, but the inspector sided with the appellant’s view that the council could not show a five-year supply based on a lack of a comprehensive assessment of sites in accordance with the revised definition of "deliverable" in the new NPPF. Equally, the inspector did not regard the site as isolated within the meaning of paragraph 79e of the NPPF as it could be seen in the context of other buildings in the village and development at the site would support principles of sustainable development being sited close to existing services. 

However, the inspector felt the design of the scheme did not meet with local or national policies which required development to respond to its local context. Whilst he thought it was of high sustainability credentials, he thought the form and materials used for the house, sited on the highest part of the site and utilising its entire width, would render it a bulbous intrusion which would not sit well within the cluster of other buildings nearby or as part of the progression along the road or the adjoining landscape. The inspector concluded the proposal failed to accord with adopted design policies and would damage the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside sufficiently to outweigh any benefits.

Inspector: S J Papworth; Written representations

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Join the conversation with PlanningResource on social media

Follow Us:
Planning Jobs