The greenfield housing scheme was located outside of the recognised settlement boundary of a large village and adjacent to the Conservation Area. The application was refused planning permission on several grounds including precedent, the living conditions of neighbouring properties, highways and noise disturbance.

The Planning Inspector agreed that the precedent should not be a concern for the appeal and that the scheme should not have been refused planning on noise disturbance grounds.

We successfully argued that the proposals did not conflict with either the local plan or the NPPF with the Inspector stating, “I do not find that there would be harm to the living conditions of existing neighbouring occupiers”.

We also successfully argued the points regarding the Conservation Area with the Planning Inspector commenting “I cannot see how there would be any significant effect on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area“.

Key issues: outside of settlement boundaries; five-year housing land supply; impact on neighbouring properties, conservation areas