Modern housing estate at odds with rural context

An inspector rejected outline plans to build up to 64 houses on greenfield land just outside the settlement boundary of a Norfolk service village.

The inspector recorded that the site sat behind existing ribbon development of a low density and distinctly rural feel, and judged that a self-contained estate type arrangement with a single point from the road would jar with the established street frontage development. It would also significantly increase the density of built form in a rural fringe location and erode the rural character that defined it.

The inspector also concluded that the site contributed to the open agrarian setting of a listed farmhouse and granary, dismissing a previous loss of setting as a result of a nearby park home estate as justification for further erosion. The inspector decided, as a result of harm to heritage assets and adverse impact on the character and appearance of the area, the scheme was not sustainable development regardless of the disputed housing supply position and dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: John Morrison; Written representations

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