The appellants had lived and participated in the local community for more than 40 years. Their existing home was too large for their needs and they wished to relocate to a new bungalow with guest accommodation in the roof space. The council accepted that the site lay in a settlement but argued that the development would adversely affect the qualities of a special landscape area.
The inspector decided that the bungalow would be viewed against a backdrop of cottages and had been designed to resemble a traditional estate building. Given the design and attention to detail, he considered that the proposal would enhance the local townscape and would not impinge on views into or out of the park and garden.
In allowing the appeal, he imposed a condition stipulating that the dwelling should be first occupied by the appellants. In respect of subsequent occupiers, he prescribed that at least one has to be aged 60 years or over and must have been resident in the parish for at least three years prior to occupation.
Inspector: Mel Middleton; Hearing