CASEBOOK: Appeal cases - Housing: New Build - New home allowed subject to road improvements

In allowing an appeal for a new dwelling within a Gloucestershire conservation area, an inspector has accepted that a road narrowing scheme had a reasonable prospect of proceeding and that this justified a negatively worded condition prohibiting development until it had been implemented.

The site comprised a paddock on a no through road. The council argued that a nearby junction had substandard visibility and that a scheme to narrow the width of the road, thereby reducing vehicle speeds, had only a remote chance of being implemented. However, the inspector was not satisfied that there was no prospect of the narrowing taking place within the lifetime of the permission. He therefore imposed a condition stating that the dwelling should not be occupied until the improvement scheme had been implemented.

DCS No: 54310321; Inspector: Peter Drew; Hearing.

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