Estate-scale housing out of character

Outline planning permission for up to 54 dwellings in Norfolk was held to be out of character with the prevailing settlement form.

The site comprised an arable field adjacent to the settlement boundary and in an inspector’s view it would appear as a somewhat separated and pronounced incursion of housing into the countryside which would fail to relate well to the existing settlement pattern. Therefore, while further housing was supported in principle within the settlement and despite the council being unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land, the adverse impact on the built form and character of the area justified rejection of the appeal.

Inspector: Jonathan Price; Written representations

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