CASEBOOK: Appeal cases - Housing: New build - High density held in keeping with local character

Persimmon Homes South Midlands has secured permission for the redevelopment of a vacant factory in Warwickshire involving the construction of 61 flats at a density of approximately 85 dwellings per hectare.

The 0.7ha site contained a derelict prefabricated factory unit with open storage areas and hardstandings. The replacement flats would be up to three storeys in height. The council claimed that the scheme would harm the character and appearance of the area because of the scale and design of the buildings.

Disputing this view, the inspector noted that the site lay within a built-up area close to bus routes and a range of local facilities. The proposed buildings would be of simple yet pleasing appearance and the variation in height and roofline would assist in reducing their overall scale, he felt. He also rejected the council's argument that open space should be provided within the development, concluding that there appeared to be no quantitative or qualitative deficiency in the locality.

DCS No: 40061116; Inspector: Clive Anstey; Inquiry.

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