DC Casebook: Householder development - Hedge breach held to harm quality of area

The formation of a parking area to serve a terraced house in a Wiltshire conservation area has been ruled unacceptable because it would entail removing part of a boundary hedge.

The end-of-terrace house stood behind a lawn and a well-maintained beech hedge fronting a path. The appeal scheme involved removing some 3m of hedge to form the access and the parking and turning area would be created on the front lawn. The inspector considered that the dwellings had an attractive green setting resulting from their lawns and continuous hedge. In his view, breaching the hedge in the manner proposed would lead to a substantial disruption in its visual continuity as a feature in the street scene, thereby undermining the character of the conservation area.

He maintained this view even though the removal of the hedge did not require permission. In addition, he decided that parking vehicles on the front lawn would be wholly inconsistent with the prevailing layout and appearance of other houses in the terrace. The dwellings had a car-free setting because of the lack of off-road parking, he noted. The appellant's wish to improve the safety and convenience of parking at the house was insufficient reason to allow the appeal, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-058-231

Inspector Brian Meardon; Written representations.

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