Contemporary design fails character test

Detailed approval has been denied for 65 flats and seven houses at a site in Surrey after an inspector found that the contemporary design failed to respect the locality's character.

The inspector noted that the intended design was in complete contrast to the surrounding area. While conceding that this was not objectionable in principle, he was adamant that important public views should not be harmed. He was concerned that one of the blocks would lie close to a public footpath and would appear plain, bulky and unattractive. It would also restrict views of an important tree in the middle of the site, he added.

DCS Number 100-050-199

Inspector Jon Lloyd; Written representations.

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