Demolition of all existing buildings including concrete batching tower, silo and sheds and removal of concrete hardstanding and construction of 3 single storey business units for flexible use to include Class B1c light industry, Class B2 general industry and Class B8 storage and distribution.
Location: Aston Mill, Cheltenham Road, Kinsham, Tewkesbury, GL20 8HNView location on map
Application Type: Non-householder planning application
Ward: South Bredon Hill
Application Received: 3 June 2014
Statutory Start Date: 25 June 2014
Consultation Period From: 1 July 2014
Consultation Period End: 15 August 2014
Decision Date: 3 February 2015
Case Officer: Jonathan Edwards
Decision: Refused - Planning
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
The application site lies in an isolated rural location, well outside any settlement boundary as defined in the Wychavon District Local Plan 2006. Local Plan Policy GD1 seeks to direct new development to defined settlements unless the proposal accords with a specific policy. The proposal fails to comply with any other Local Plan policy that allows development in rural areas. The proposal fails to comply with policy ECON2 as the development is not for the reasonable and limited need for expansion of an existing business as the site is currently vacant and has been for three years.
As such the proposal is contrary to policy GD1 of the Wychavon District Local Plan. Due to its remote location and lack of realistic sustainable transport modes, visitors to the proposed development would be highly reliant upon the private car, as such the proposal would be contrary to policy SR5 of the Wychavon District Local Plan 2006, policy SWDP4 of the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan and para. 17 and 30 of the NPPF.
The proposed development would lie in an area identified as being at high flood risk on the Environment Agency Flood Risk maps. There is no reason for the proposed development to be located on this specific application site and no information has been submitted to demonstrate the proposal meets the Sequential Test. In addition the proposed measures to reduce flooding on the application site would exacerbate flooding elsewhere. As such the proposal would be contrary to the provisions of the NPPF particularly paras. 100 to 103.
For the above reasons the proposed development fails to fulfill social and/or environmental gains and/or fulfill social/environmental roles. Having regard to the NPPF taken as a whole, the proposal fails to represent sustainable development and therefore should not benefit from the presumption in favour of sustainable development as set out in the NPPF.
The Estate Office
Mr L Greenwood
Office 6, Civic Hall
14-15 Rother Street
Stratford upon Avon
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