Rural self-build home judged unsustainable

Finding a Norfolk local plan silent on self-build homes, an inspector applied the presumption in favour of sustainable development to a proposed new dwelling on part of a field outside a small hamlet.

The inspector identified a number of economic and social benefits from the scheme, with future occupiers contributing to local shops, services and facilities, the quick delivery of an additional dwelling towards the council’s housing supply and constructed using ‘lifetime homes’ renewable energy and sustainable construction methods, also providing local employment. However, he considered the value of these benefits limited by the small quantum of development proposed and cumulatively insufficient to outweigh environmental harm to the linear settlement pattern and rural character of the village and an unsustainable location where residents would be reliant on private transport. He also expressed concern that to allow development of the site would make it difficult to resist subsequent applications for residential development on the rest of the field and beyond this behind other properties fronting the highway.

Inspector: Robert Fallon; Written representations

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