Housing estate ruled out on conservation area impact

Heritage impact concerns have prompted rejection of plans to convert seven barns to residential use and build 40 new dwellings in a Devon village conservation area.

The inspector noted that the appellant’s assessment of the conservation area confirmed the importance of its visual and physical links to the countryside beyond. While seeing some merit in the proposals for converting the traditional farm barns, he was concerned that they would be surrounded by modern development that would disrupt views out to the countryside.

In his opinion, the proposal would also compromise the importance of the space within the settlement and would affect views out of a nearby churchyard, thereby adversely affecting the setting of the church. The provision of new car parking to serve the church and a primary school would be a benefit but this did not outweigh the identified harm to heritage assets, he concluded.

Inspector: Matthew Bale; Written representations

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