Application Type: Outline
Ward: Bretforton & Offenham
Application Received: 14 February 2014
Statutory Start Date: 4 March 2014
Consultation Period From: 7 March 2014
Consultation Period End: 4 April 2014
Decision Date: 14 April 2014
Case Officer: Anna Brindle
Status: Appeal Decided
Decision: Refused - Outline
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
The application site lies outside of any settlement defined under policy GD1 of the Wychavon District Local Plan 2006 and is not allocated for development either in the Local Plan or in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan. Policy GD1 seeks to direct most new development to defined settlements and therefore the proposed development is contrary to the provisions of the development plan.
The development of this site is considered to be incompatible with the principles of sustainable development as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework which seeks to resist isolated homes in the countryside unless there are special circumstances and to manage patterns of growth to make the fullest possible use of sustainable modes of travel.
The proposed development will also go against the aims of the development plan 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. The site has poor pedestrian connectivity to local services, due to the length of connections and limited street lighting. Residents of the proposed development would be highly reliant on the car to travel to and from the site. Therefore the proposed development would be contrary to and incompatible with the advice and guidance contained in the National Planning Policy Framework (at para. 17, 55 and 95), as well as saved policy GD1 of the adopted Wychavon District Local Plan (2006).
Any benefits of the proposal are significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the harm caused. As such the proposal is not sustainable development.
In addition, the introduction of two dwellings in a road fronting position and in close proximity to one another in this open grassed meadow, would be out of keeping with the open, rural character and sparse residential layout found within this part of Evesham Road.
It is considered that a visible transition exists between the more regularly spaced residential development positioned along both sides of Evesham Road and which is complimented by regular street lighting to the more open, rural and irregular character of the street scene when leaving the more urbanised core of the settlement in a northerly direction. The introduction of these properties would not reflect this open, irregular, rural character and would be harmful to this area as well as detrimental to the important rural approach to the village of Offenham. As such, the development is considered to be contrary to Wychavon District Local Plan Policies GD2 and ENV1 and NPPF para. 115.
Mr & Mrs Collett
Mr M Cole
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