DC Casebook: Housing: New build - Gated homes judged socially acceptable

Permission has been secured for a set of gates at an estate of 11 homes in Surrey after an inspector decided that they would not result in social division or exclusion.

The inspector held that the extent of actual, as opposed to perceived, social division and exclusion would be limited. The gates would be of limited height and lightweight, he noted. In his view, their domestic appearance would be consistent with the local street scene rather than obtrusive. They would provide a secure area for children living on the estate to play safely, he decided.

DCS Number 100-058-227

Inspector David Saul; Written representations.


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