The inspector observed that the site was easily seen from a number of locations due to its position next to the Tamar Estuary. He considered that the most significant of these views was from a parking area on the opposite side of bridges over the river. He remarked that the bridges formed an important entrance point to both the town and the county of Cornwall.
He accepted that the site was previously developed land and that the proposal would lead to more efficient use of the former works than an approved scheme for four dwellings. However, he was concerned that three of the proposed houses would seriously diminish the site's role as a green foreground to the town.
The inspector noted that the three dwellings would lie in open countryside outside the urban development limit. He took heed of PPG3's advice that new homes should not compromise the quality of the environment and should be informed by the wider context of the locality and a structure plan policy requiring proposals to have regard to settlements' character.
DCS No: OT100-045-697; Inspector: Mike Hetherington; Inquiry.