DC Casebook: Housing: New Build - House held out of keeping with location

Proposals for a house on the Isle of Skye have been rejected after a reporter decided that the design would not be in keeping with its location.

Nearby houses had one or one-and-a-half storeys with pitched tiled or slated roofs and were finished in natural stone or roughcast render. By contrast, the proposed flat-roofed two-storey house would be finished with untreated timber and ceramic tiled walls. In the reporter's view, it did not appear to have been designed to assimilate into the rural area in any way. The concept, design, massing and even materials would be at odds with everything around it, he found.

An emerging local plan policy stipulated that new development should make a positive contribution to the architectural and visual quality of the place in which it would be located. It also required applicants to show sensitivity and respect towards local distinctiveness. The reporter held that the proposal would be wholly contrary to this policy and had no doubt that it should be refused.

Reporter: Michael Thomson; Written representations

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