The proposal to build ten ‘beautifully crafted’ homes in a back-green-carpark behind Claremont Crescent has been refused planning permission (Ref. 13/03603/FUL). 

As reported here in August, the two-storey micro-dwellings would have ranged in size from 38.4 sq.m to 40.5 sq.m, but this spatial economy was within regulations and not a cause to withhold consent. 

Of more concern were ‘overdevelopment’ of the site and potential overshadowing of some buildings by trees. However, the Council accepts in principle that this is an appropriate area for residential development.

In detail, the Council’s reasons were that the proposal would:

  • result in unacceptable damage to local character and environmental quality
  • be detrimental to the setting of nearby Category A-listed buildings
  • have an adverse effect on adjacent trees, for no good reason
  • not draw upon the positive characteristics of the surrounding area
  • not meet an acceptable standard of amenity in all cases.

In a nutshell: ‘The proposal is inappropriate in terms of design and density and will harm the setting of the adjacent category A listed buildings while having an adverse impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area. There are no material considerations to outweigh this conclusion.’ 

A total of 12 communications were received from the public: five in favour and seven against.

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