Planning Application

Case number W/13/02426/OU

Outline Planning Application for the demolition of existing buildings and erection of four dwellings. New access for Summerfield Farm and the new dwellings

Location: Summerfield Farm, Summerfield Lane, Summerfield, Hartlebury, Kidderminster, DY11 7SA

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Application Type: Outline

Parish: Hartlebury

Ward: Hartlebury

Application Received: 22 November 2013

Statutory Start Date: 16 December 2013

Consultation Period From: 20 December 2013

Consultation Period End: 4 March 2014

Decision Date: 6 March 2014

Case Officer: Lynn Bailey

Status: Appeal Decided

Decision: Refused - Outline

This decision is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The application site is located outside any development boundary and is therefore classed as countryside. The development of the site for four dwellings would be incompatible with the principles of sustainable development as set out in the Framework which seeks to both concentrate most new residential development to sites within or adjacent to urban areas and also to reduce reliance upon private motor vehicles as a means of transport. Given the location of the site away from services and facilities, it is likely that the proposal will result in an increase in private motor vehicle movements locally. The proposed development would therefore be incompatible with the advice and guidance contained in paragraph 55 of the Framework, as well as saved Policies GD1 and GD2 of the adopted Wychavon District Local Plan. It is not considered that the benefit of four additional dwellings towards the district's housing land supply would outweigh the unsustainable nature of the scheme.

  2. The application site is located within the Green Belt. Government advice in paragraph 89 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that the redevelopment of previously developed sites in the Green Belt is only acceptable in principle where the proposed development would not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt. Whilst this is an outline application, details of scale have been submitted as part of this application. The submitted plans show the provision of four, 2-storey dwellings at the site. The replacement of the existing, small scale single-storey outbuildings with 2-storey development will have a far greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt. The proposal therefore constitutes inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

    Paragraph 87 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that inappropriate development is, by definition, harmful to the Green Belt and should not be approved except in very special circumstances. This general presumption is reinforced by saved Policy SR7 of the Wychavon District Local Plan which aims to protect the openness of the Green Belt and safeguard its character, and which lists types of development which may be allowed in the Green Belt.

    The local planning authority considers that the proposed development would harm the openness of the Green Belt due to its scale and does not consider that there are any very special circumstances applicable to this proposal which would allow it to grant planning permission contrary to prevailing planning policies. Approval of this application is therefore considered contrary to Wychavon District Local Plan saved Policies GD2 and SR7 and guidance within the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular Section 9.

  3. It is the policy of the Local Planning Authority, as set out in the Wychavon District Council Local Plan to ensure that new residential development makes the best use of land, whilst at the same time respecting the amenities of surrounding dwellings. The erection of four, 2-storey dwellings at the site would by virtue of the layout and scale of the proposal significantly overlook the neighbouring dwelling 'Summerfield Farm', which has windows facing the application site. The proposal is therefore contrary to saved Policy GD2 of the adopted Wychavon District Local Plan and guidance in the adopted Supplementary Planning Document on Residential Design.

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Mr & Mrs Hale
Summerfield Farm
Summerfield Lane


Mr Rowbottom
Aladine Cross
3 Bayton Road
Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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