DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have successfully overturned a decision of Central Bedfordshire Council against the development of a large, detached dwelling within the Green Belt. The site is located in Aspley Guise and is washed over by the Green Belt, lying outside of the settlement’s identified ‘Green Belt Infill Boundary’.
Within the appeal decision the Inspector agreed with the Appellant’s case, agreeing that the site constitutes infill development, complementary to the surrounding pattern of development and settlement character, thus falling within the exception category for limited infilling in villages identified by Paragraph 89 of the Framework.
Given the above, the Inspector was convinced by the Appellant’s case that there was no need to assess the effect of development on the openness of the Green Belt, as previous case law has determined that where development is found to be ‘not inappropriate’ it should not be regarded as harmful to the openness or purposes of the Green Belt.
It was thus concluded that the appeal be allowed, with the proposals complying with the Framework and considered to be in keeping with the character and appearance of the area.