Housing allowed after emergency access secured

An inspector gave the go-ahead to a planned urban extension outside a Kent seaside town after being satisfied that safe and secure access to the site could be achieved.

The site comprised an open field allocated in the adopted local plan. The hybrid application sought outline consent for 160 houses, community hub and 3,500 square metres of employment use and for detailed proposals for another 140 houses and access.

The main access to the site would cross over a narrow bridleway, resulting in a narrowing of the width of the access road to accommodate traffic calming measures in relation to the bridleway and necessitating a separate emergency vehicular access. The inspector was content that the combination of a traffic regulation order to introduce double yellow lines on the approach road and the appellant’s proposal of an overspill car park within the site to provide an alternative to on-street parking would resolve the matter. Given the agreement of the county council to adopt the emergency access, he was also satisfied that land ownership concerns were not an impediment and the access could be retained in perpetuity.

The inspector concluded that the scheme would provide safe and secure access into the site, and found on other matters raised by local residents nothing to suggest a decision should be made other than in accordance with the development plan.

Inspector: Richard Schofield; Inquiry


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