Brownfield housing misses potential to enhance environment

A reporter decided a proposal to redevelop a former bus depot in a Scottish city with 112 houses and 31 flats failed to satisfy the placemaking principles of development plan policy.

The council took no issue with the principle of housing on the accessible city centre fringe brownfield site. The reporter noted the aim of the placemaking policy was to improve the quality of development taking place in the city by promoting a design-led approach. In this respect, the reporter decided the scheme fell short. In his opinion a layout dominated by monotonous rows of terraced houses and lacking useable open space created an unattractive living environment.

On other issues the appellant had not provided the necessary technical assessments and details to enable the reporter to discount harm in respect of air quality, protected species, site contamination, and flood risk. In addition, in the absence of confirmed details of the offered fifty per cent affordable housing and based on a general market only scheme, there would be a shortfall in parking provision. Despite the housing benefits of the scheme and opportunity to reduce housing pressure on the green belt, the reporter found conflict with the development plan and dismissed the appeal.

Reporter: Martin Seddon; Written representations

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