Planning Permission Granted at Appeal for New Dwelling in the AONB

15th August, 2019 by Acorus

The Acorus South West Office have secured planning permission for a client in Somerset following a planning appeal for the erection of a new dwelling within a village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The clients had approached Acorus after an initial planning application had been refused on the site for a similar scheme.  Acorus assisted the clients in preparing a revised application to the Council, looking to address the concerns raised in the initial application that related to impact of the development on the character and appearance of the area and the impact upon the living conditions of the occupiers of neighbouring properties by way of privacy.

The revised application was also refused after an extended period of consideration by the Council, with reasons given comparable to the original application, despite a revised scheme and additional information being provided.  

Determined that a viable scheme had been proposed for the site, which was within a village identified as suitable for limited additional development, the clients sought to challenge the determination at appeal.

Following the written representation route, the appeal was submitted by Acorus on the clients’ behalf. The appeal was determined in the clients’ favour and planning permission was granted subject to a number of conditions.

The Inspector stated in the determination that he had ‘considered the location of the site in the AONB and find that the proposal would conserve and enhance its natural beauty and would not have an unacceptable effect on the character and appearance of the area’. In relation to the potential impact on the living conditions of neighbours, the Inspector concluded that ‘the proposal would not significantly harm the living conditions of the neighbouring occupiers with regard to privacy’.  

The clients are delighted with the outcome and the work undertaken on their behalf by Laura Wall and colleagues at Acorus. 

Please speak to our South West office for more information, or see our information sheet in relation to planning appeals.

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