Housing development out of character with settlement

A site allocated for five dwellings in Buckinghamshire, was held to be unsuitable for 21 dwellings because it would be out of character with the area.

The site comprised part of a field set behind a belt of trees and on the northern side of a main road, housing mainly consisted of ribbon development, an inspector noted. While the settlement did contain housing schemes set behind trees and extending away from the road, this was not typical of the immediate area he decided and the site shared a greater affinity with the surrounding countryside. It would therefore appear significantly at odds with the built form. It would also appear intrusive for users of a public footpath which crossed the site.

Inspector: Martin Allen; Written representations

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