Redevelopment of potato store for housing a non-starter

An inspector has refused the redevelopment of a concrete potato store for 15 dwellings in open countryside in Lincolnshire for its unsuitable location for new homes and its harmful effect on the appearance and character of the area.

400-026-788 (Image Credit: North Kesteven DC)
400-026-788 (Image Credit: North Kesteven DC)

The appeal site was located beyond the settlement limits of the nearest village, separated by a small woodland and the inspector held the site, if developed, would appear as a distinctly separate cluster of new residential development in the open countryside in conflict with the council’s adopted local plan policies on settlement hierarchy, which only supported limited growth in this area within the curtilage of villages. 

The inspector considered the proposal would extend significantly further north than the generally linear form of residential properties to the east of the site and as such would represent an incongruous intrusion into the countryside that would harm its character and appearance and be in conflict with adopted local plan policies which aimed to respect the shape and form of villages, protect the landscape and retain the character of the area. Although the inspector accepted the removal of the substantial concrete potato store would be of visual benefit to the area, he did not consider it justified the new homes and refused the scheme.

Inspector: Edwin Maund; Written representations

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