Open rural character harmed by housing scheme

The construction of up to 50 dwellings on the edge of a settlement in Cambridgeshire would undermine the site's contribution to the open and rural character of the wider area.

The main core of the village lay to the north and west of the site and an inspector decided that the appeal site contributed to the overall openness of the landscape and the setting of the village. The appellant’s landscape and visual assessment concluded that the site was unremarkable, but the inspector disagreed, ruling that it provided a natural buffer to the developed land to the north. The housing would appear as a disconnected residential development which would be heavily landscaped, and which would not be adequately assimilated into the local landscape and built form.

Inspector: Graham Wyatt; Written representations

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