Untypical flatted scheme would create its own design context

A residential scheme for 39 flats and terraced houses on open land in a residential area of a Surrey settlement was approved with no harm to the appearance and character of the area or the amenities of adjoining occupiers.

The council had not objected to the principle of the development but rather the form and types of housing proposed. The inspector noted the inclusion of flats and terraced housing in the scheme would differ from the largely detached dwelling character of the area but held the site was sufficiently large and self-contained to be able to create its own character and design context and so the introduction of a different form of housing would not necessarily be harmful. He considered the fact the site was set behind existing townscape would create a break from the prevailing character. The inspector also held the density proposed at 28 dwellings per hectare, although higher than its surroundings, was not particularly problematical.

In terms of impact of the proposal on the occupiers of the existing cu-de-sac from which the site would be accessed, the inspector opined there would be no harm. This was because of the separation distance between the properties and the public highway and the level of the additional traffic that was predicted to be generated by the development of one additional vehicle movement every three minutes at peak times, which he felt would not give rise to a significant increase in levels of noise and disturbance associated with additional traffic movements nor a significant change to the character of the area. 

Inspector: David Troy; Written representations

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