DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) successfully secured full planning permission for two new dwellings in the Green Belt at planning committee last week, against the Case Officer’s recommendation for refusal. The application site forms part of the landscaped grounds of The Chalet, a large detached Victorian property to the north east of Alveston, South Gloucestershire.
Working in collaboration with Willmore Iles Architects, a high-quality scheme for two detached four bedroom dwellings was produced, making an efficient and imaginative use of the site, whilst protecting the amenity of neighbouring residents.
The site provided a number of significant planning constraints, including its location outside the settlement boundary of Alveston and within the Green Belt. DLP successfully argued that the proposal would constitute limited infilling within the village under NPPF Paragraph 89, because:
- It is located within the built up area of Alveston based on the facts on the ground;
- It would be consistent with other permissions considered infill by this committee; and
- It represents limited harm to the openness of the Green Belt.
The Council’s Core Strategy suggests infill is “The development of a relatively small gap between existing buildings, normally within a built up area”, however DLP argued that the definition was too simplistic to define infill and preserve the openness of the Green Belt.
DLP contended that simplistic guidance based solely on the size of the gap allowed development on sites that represent harmful visible intrusions into the countryside as appropriate infill. Whereas sites that have a negligible impact on openness aren’t considered to be infill simply because the gap is wider than what officers would consider to be “a relatively small gap”. It was argued that what constitutes infill is much more complicated than just the size of the gap and that the facts on the ground, containment, visual intrusion and impact on the character of the settlement should all inform criteria to determine what constitutes infill within a village.
The Planning Committee supported DLP’s view and granted approval.
Image courtesy of Willmore Iles Architects