Casebook: Appeal Case - Housing; New build - Council design and density objections overruled

Reserved matters have been approved for 49 houses and apartments on a site in the West Midlands despite local authority concerns over design and density.

Most of the site was relatively flat but the rear portion was steeply sloping and densely vegetated. The inspector agreed that on the flat part the density would be approximately 69 dwellings per hectare but for the site as a whole it would be 43. This was not significantly different from surrounding housing estates, he observed.

He felt that the proposed design would create a clearly defined and coherent structure with generous space between buildings and most of the homes facing important routes and public spaces. The layout would be efficient and parking areas would be convenient and well overlooked by adjoining dwellings, he decided. Overall, he held that the scheme would create a pleasant, distinctive and well-proportioned residential environment.

DCS No: 100039820; Inspector: Andrew Poulter; Inquiry.

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