Four additional park homes constitute unsustainable development

Four additional mobile park homes have been refused at a mobile caravan park in open countryside in Cheshire for their inappropriate location in conflict with the settlement strategy of the adopted local plan and the principles of sustainable development.

The main issue in the case was whether the location of the additional homes would be acceptable having regard to access to everyday services and facilities by sustainable transport modes and to local and national policies on the location of housing.

The existing mobile caravan park operated on the basis of providing permanent residences for its occupiers and the proposal for an additional four park homes was considered on the same basis. The park was limited to 43 caravans by previous permissions and a unilateral undertaking. Although the proposal did not involve an extension to the mobile park home area it did involve the recategorization of land identified for open space purposes to residential use. The inspector held this did not constitute appropriate infill in terms of adopted policies and the site was still capable of being used for open space purposes if it was laid out properly.

The inspector considered the site was located in open countryside outside any defined settlement boundaries some distance from shopping facilities and with limited access to public transport. The inspector concluded that as the proposal would not be located in a settlement identified in the adopted development strategy or meet any of the exceptions listed, it would be contrary and therefore harmful to it and also conflict with the principles of sustainable development.

Inspector: J Moss; Written representations

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