Application Type: Non-householder planning application
Ward: Bretforton & Offenham
Application Received: 2 June 2014
Statutory Start Date: 16 June 2014
Consultation Period From: 19 June 2014
Consultation Period End: 18 July 2014
Decision Date: 11 August 2014
Case Officer: Anna Brindle
Status: Appeal Decided
Decision: Refused - Planning
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
Leasowes Road a long private shared roadway being narrow, unmade and potholed in places and is considered unsuitable in its present width and condition to serve the proposed development. As a result, the use of Leasowes Road as the sole access route to the development site is likely to compromise the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians which is contrary to the interests of road safety.
Notwithstanding refusal reason 1 above, the approval of this application would set a serious precedent for other similar residential developments with direct access to Leasowes Road which would be extremely difficult to challenge from a highways perspective.
The application site lies outside any defined settlement boundary as defined under planning policy GD1 of the Wychavon District Local Plan 2006. The application site lies along a narrow, unlit and unmade access route in a relatively rural location. As a result, there would be limited safe access available to the range of services and facilities required to support the proposed development. Therefore, the proposed development fails to accord with the provisions of saved Policy GD1 which directs all new development to defined development boundaries and consequently, this weighs significantly against the development.
It is considered that the council can demonstrate a robust supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years worth of housing against the identified requirement set by the South Worcestershire Development Plan Inspector. Consequently, saved Local Plan Policy GD1 is not out of date and therefore should be attributed weight in the determination of this application. .
In any case, the development fails to satisfactorily contribute to the social and environmental roles of sustainable development in that it is not safely accessible to local services, does not support health, social and cultural wellbeing, minimise pollution or mitigate and adapt to climate change. Overall, the proposed development fails to represent a sustainable form of development and the harm caused by the proposal significantly and demonstrably outweighs any benefits of the scheme.
The proposed development is contrary to saved Policy GD1 of the Wychavon District Local Plan (2006); emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan (2013) Policies SWDP1 and SWDP2 as well as paragraphs 6, 7, 8 and 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012).
56 Larkspur Drive
3 Aspen Close
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