Council overruled on bland design concern

A development of seven industrial units has been approved on a site in Lancashire after an inspector decided that their design would be acceptable in the local street scene.

The local authority claimed that the proposal would not create an active frontage. The inspector noted that the gable ends of the units would face towards the road and be built of brick and cladding, each with a single window. She considered that the windows and varied materials and colours would alleviate the otherwise blank gable ends.

In her view, proposed gaps between the units to allow access, vehicle parking and landscaping would open up the site and create views of building frontages that would actively engage with the street scene. She decided that the functionally designed buildings were not inappropriate to the site and their modern finish and landscaping would improve the character of the area.

DCS Number 100-051-332

Inspector Jean Russell; Written representations.

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