Casebook: Appeal cases - Housing New Build - Apartment blocks design ruled too bulky

A proposal for 38 flats in three blocks along a tree-lined main road on the fringes of a Hertfordshire town has been rejected after an inspector ruled that their design was unattractive and likely to be harmful to the street scene.

The four-storey blocks would occupy around 70 per cent of the plot width at a density of 108 dwellings per hectare. The inspector held that the scheme would not represent an efficient use of the site if it did not constitute good design. In his view, it would harm a valued street scene, extending bulky built development across the plot, and this harm would be exacerbated by an unacceptably overbearing outlook for adjoining neighbours.

DCS No: 39424867; Inspector: Robert Mellor; Inquiry.


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