Flats faulted on design and prematurity

A proposal for 38 flats in a Kent conservation area has been ruled to be visually unacceptable and likely to prejudice the provision of an integrated transport interchange.

The appeal site formed part of a block on the edge of a town centre shopping area. The appellants proposed to demolish a bingo hall and replace it with a five and six-storey development. The inspector noted that the majority of development in the vicinity was between two and three storeys. In his opinion, the proposal would produce a dominant and intrusive feature in the street scene and an oversized development that would be inappropriate to its context and fail to preserve the character of the conservation area.

He noted that a masterplan for the site and wider area proposed a new bus station and transport interchange. Although the appellants had indicated a willingness to donate part of the site to the council to enable the interchange to be built, a full site investigation and design had not been completed. It was not possible to establish whether the appeal proposal would ensure that the interchange could be built, the inspector decided.

DCS Number 100-051-069

Inspector David Smith; Written representations.


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