DC Casebook: Housing: New build - Motorway held threat to living conditions

A proposal for a three-bedroom house at a site in the Black Country has been dismissed following a ruling that it would give rise to an unacceptable living environment for future occupiers.

The site contained a single garage and lay between commercial uses on a busy road. An elevated section of the nearby M5 generated significant noise, the inspector noted. The appeal scheme would result in a dwelling with a very small garden and a restricted outlook, he concluded. He considered that occupiers would be compromised in their ability to use the amenity space because of the high noise levels and unattractive outlook.

DCS Number 100-058-210

Inspector Philip Crookes; Written representations.

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