Erection of two bungalows on land to the rear of the existing bungalows and altering the existing garages to provide vehicular and pedestrian access.
Location: Land Rear of, The Brambles & Fulmer Walk, Field Barn Lane, CropthorneView location on map
Application Type: Non-householder planning application
Application Received: 16 May 2014
Statutory Start Date: 10 June 2014
Consultation Period From: 16 June 2014
Consultation Period End: 23 July 2014
Decision Date: 3 September 2014
Case Officer: Anna Brindle
Decision: Refused - Planning
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
This application site lies partially within, and partially outside of the defined development boundary for Cropthorne. As such the proposed development is only partially supported by policy GD1 of the Wychavon District Local Plan Policy 2006 that looks to direct most new development to sites within defined settlement boundaries.
Due to the location of the site, this proposal would result in a form of backland development that is out of character with the local development pattern which is generally comprised of road-fronting properties positioned along Field Barn Lane and Blacksmiths Lane with large rear gardens behind the properties.
The approval of this application would be considered to set a precedent for further similar applications, in and adjacent to the defined development boundary, and which if approved would cause detriment to the landscape impact within the locality. As a result the proposal would be contrary to Wychavon District Local Plan Policies GD1 (in part), GD2 and ENV1.
The proposed vehicular access to serve the development would run directly alongside the active side elevations of the existing dwellings known as The Brambles and Fulmer Walk. This vehicular access would be used by 4 dwellings in total and, due to the narrow width and proximity to the existing properties, would be harmful to the amenity of the occupants of the existing dwellings and therefore contrary to Local Plan Policy GD2.
This application has not been accompanied by an ecological survey to highlight any potential harm to wildlife or protected species. The proposed development would require substantial alterations to mature gardens, the removal of a number of trees and the partial demolition of the existing garages to accommodate the access. In addition, neighbours have reported the presence of grass snakes and newts and parts of the garden areas offer suitable habitat for reptiles and amphibians.
Without sufficient information to allow the assessment of the impact of the development on protected species, approval of the application would be contrary to Local Plan Policy ENV6, Paragraph 109 of the NPPF and Para. 99 of the ODPM Circular 06/2005 which states that it is essential that the presence or otherwise of protected species, and the extent that they may be affected by the proposal development is established before the planning permission is granted.
Mrs C and Mrs and Mr Moore/Canvin
Field Barn Lane
Mr J Marshall
1 Clyde Avenue
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