Flat block overly discordant and dominant in street scene

A three-storey block of 10 apartments on the site of a dwellinghouse in Essex would appear as an overly dominant and discordant feature in the street scene, an inspector decided, also concluding that the planned outdoor amenity space was inadequate.

The building would extend across the majority of the site’s frontage and be 16 metres deep with a ridge height of almost 12 metres. This would make it appear bulky the inspector determined, with rectangular front windows emphasising its verticality. Planned parking and driveways would also erode the verdant and spacious character of the centre of the site. The planned outdoor space represented around 50% of what was required by the council’s policies and a lack of on-site space would limit the health and recreational benefits which stem from day-to-day appreciation of flora and fauna as well as providing relief from the built-up townscape. Despite the council having less than two-years supply of housing land, the inspector decided that the harm to the character of the area and poor on-site open space justified refusing permission.

Inspector: William Cooper; Written representations

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