Application Type: Non-householder planning application
Parish: Elmley Castle
Ward: Elmley Castle & Somerville
Application Received: 15 September 2003
Statutory Start Date: 16 September 2003
Consultation Period From:
Consultation Period End: 7 October 2003
Decision Date: 21 October 2003
Case Officer: Peter Bateman
Decision: Refused - Planning
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
The site is located on the dge of an area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), where it is the Policy of the Local Planning Authority to strictly control new development in accordance with Policies CTC.1 and CTC.2 of the Worcestershire County Structure Plan (1996-2011), Policies C1 and BC5 of the Wychavon District Council Local Plan (Adopted Version 1998) and Policies ENV1 and ENV2 of the Wychavon District Council Local Plan Review (Revised Deposit 1996-2011). The development proposed would, by virtue of its size, appearance and prominent siting be harmful to the character and appearnce of the adjacent Bredon Hill AONB. Furthermore, given the hill top location facing from Elmley Castle towards Bricklehampton and Cropthorne the proposal fails to comply specifically with Policy CTC.2 of the adopted Worcestershire County Structure Plan (1996-2011) which requires development proposals not to result in an adverse impact on skylines and hill features. In addition, the design of the proposal would be unduly obtrusive and detrimental to the visual amenities of the locality, in particular the dwellings located opposite the location. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policy SUR1A of the Wychavon District Council Local Plan Review (Revised Deposit 1996-2011) which requires proposals to make a positive contribution to the street scene.
It is considered that if approved the proposed storage facility would act as a precedent for further similar proposals, which would be difficult to resist, and which cumulatively would damage the character and quality of the area. This would be directly contrary to Policy CTC.1 of the adopted Worcestershire County Structure Plan (1996-2011) and Policy ENV1 of the Wychavon District Council Local Plan Review (Revised Deposit 1996-2011. In addition, the proposal fails to comply with Policy SUR1A of the Wychavon District Council Local Plan Review (Revised Deposit 1996-2011), which requires materials not to detract from the appearance of the site.
Mr J G Strong
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