Application Type: Non-householder planning application
Ward: Broadway & Wickhamford
Application Received: 29 November 2013
Statutory Start Date: 12 December 2013
Consultation Period From: 17 December 2013
Consultation Period End: 29 January 2014
Decision Date: 6 February 2014
Case Officer: Anna Brindle
Decision: Refused - Planning
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
This application proposes the re-use, retention and substantial extension of a building which was only granted temporary permission due to its essential need in connection with the temporary quarrying activities taking place on the land at that time.
The permanent retention and extension of this building, along with the retention of hardstanding areas, would prevent the full implementation of the approved quarry restoration scheme agreed within plan "BWY/006" of Planning Permissions 08/000029/CM and 08/000024/CM. As such the approved change of use would introduce a industrial development within an area which, once fully restored, would be of agricultural use.
The development would therefore fail to conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB and surrounding natural landscape due to the sizable extension, hardstanding areas and associated delivery/employee vehicles required in connection with the stone manufacturing use proposed. The proposal would therefore be contrary to Local Plan policies ENV1 and ENV2, and paragraph 115 of the NPPF.
The building is sited within a location outside of any defined development boundary as identified by the Wychavon District Local Plan and hence is in an unsustainable location.
No evidence has been submitted with the application to explain why the business needs to be located within an isolated rural location, neither has any evidence been submitted to demonstrate that alternative sites on industrial parks have been considered for their suitability. This application fails to demonstrate any essential need to be located within a rural area and fails to show benefits of the proposal that outweigh the harm casued.
As a result, the approval of this application would be considered contrary to Local Plan Policy GD1 which directs most new development to the main built up areas within the District and fails to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development as defined in the National Planning Policy Framework.
Mr B Wright
Wrights of Campden
Mr M Richards
Blackbrook Business Park
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