Application Type: Outline
Application Received: 10 June 2014
Statutory Start Date: 3 July 2014
Consultation Period From: 8 July 2014
Consultation Period End: 8 August 2014
Decision Date: 11 August 2014
Case Officer: Simon Rees
Decision: Refused - Outline
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
The application site lies significantly outside of any defined settlement boundary as defined under planning policy GD1 of the Wychavon District Local Plan 2006. The application site lies in a countryside location with very limited or no sustainable access to the range of services and facilities required to support the proposed development. As a result, future occupiers of the development would be highly dependent on the need to travel by means of private car. 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 Consequently, saved Local Plan Policy GD1 is not out of date and therefore should be attributed weight in the determination of this application.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 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).
The application site would be located in the open countryside outside of any village, and as such would constitute inappropriate development in the Green Belt. The protection of the openness of the Green Belt is an overriding planning consideration and there is a presumption against inappropriate development within it. The applicant has submitted no very special circumstances which would justify this inappropriate development within the Green Belt. As such, it is considered that new residential development would be contrary to Policy SR7 of the Wychavon District Local Plan (June 2006) and the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework in particular paragraphs 87, 88 & 89.
Mr M Cole
Brook Farm House
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