Planning Application

Case number W/14/00376/PN

Construction of one live work unit on previously developed land.

Location: Land, The Groaten, Ashton under Hill

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Application Type: Non-householder planning application

Parish: Ashton-Under-Hill

Ward: South Bredon Hill

Application Received: 21 February 2014

Statutory Start Date: 6 March 2014

Consultation Period From: 11 March 2014

Consultation Period End: 11 April 2014

Decision Date: 28 April 2014

Case Officer: Anna Brindle

Status: Appeal Decided

Decision: Refused - Planning

This decision is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The proposed application seeks permission for a new build live/work unit located in a rural location, outside of any defined development boundary as defined under policy GD1 of the Wychavon District Local Plan 2006.

    The proposed development includes the provision of a new building, the majority of which would be in residential use. Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that isolated homes in the countryside should be resisted unless special circumstances exist. No evidence submitted to confirm how the approval of this application and the ability to live on site will benefit the applicant's drainage and tree surgery businesses or aid in their future expansion. Neither has any information been presented to highlight any special circumstances of this case which would justify the erection of a new build live work unit in this isolated rural location.

    The information submitted with the application fails to demonstrate that there is a functional or financial need for permanent on-site accommodation to serve the commercial enterprises on the holding. The application has not been supported by an agricultural appraisal or business plan to demonstrate that it is necessary for the long-term operation of the holding for a worker to live on site at all times.

    Without the submission of a sufficient case to demonstrate the functional and financial needs of the business, approving this application would be contrary to Local Plan Policies GD1 and COM7 and against the advice contained within paragraph 55 of the NPPF which seeks to avoid isolated homes in the countryside unless special circumstances can be shown.

    The proposed development would therefore go against the aims of the development plan to both concentrate most new residential development to sites within or adjacent to settlements unless special circumstances exist and also to reduce reliance upon private motor vehicles as a means of transport. Given the location of the site the proposal will result in high reliance upon the car. The proposed development would thereby be incompatible with the advice and guidance contained in the National Planning Policy Framework, as well as saved Policies GD1 and GD2 of the adopted Wychavon District Local Plan (2006). For these reasons the proposal is not sustainable development and the presumption ion favour of sustainable development does not apply. Also the harm caused by the proposed development would significantly and demonstrably outweigh any benefits of the proposal.

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Mr D Nicklin
Moles End
Wood Lane
Ashton Under Hill


Mr N Jones
Oak House
Cottons Lane
Ashton Under Hill

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