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Challenging Appeal win – 3 miles to the nearest settlement boundary

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Outcome: Notably – This appeal success was for a site outside of the settlement boundary, with the nearest settlement being 2.7 miles away.

Here, Parker Planning Services won full planning permission at the appeal stage.  This is for a detached self-build house in Broadland, Norfolk.

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Background: The scheme lies in a relatively small village, positioned nearby a Market Town and a number of Service Villages.  These provide a wide variety of services and facilities within 2 to 5 miles from the site. Whilst the site is outside of a designated settlement boundary, it’s close to other residential development therefore it is not isolated. A grade II listed building is to the site’s west and the church of St Peter, Grade I listed is in close proximity. Consequently, Parker Planning Services also provided a Heritage Impact Assessment to support the proposal.

Our Advice: The inspector agreed with our points that whilst the site is outside of a designated settlement boundary, the NPPF states that development beyond existing settlements can be considered acceptable, because it supports the rural economy. Additionally, small sites of 0.5 hectares or under are promoted in national planning policy. Appeals inspectors have given this more weight than 5 years housing land supply positions. This scheme would therefore represent sustainable development; would contribute to tackling the rural housing crisis and would help keep services and facilities in the area economically viable, whilst adding to the social vibrancy of the village.

Furthermore, our Heritage Consultants assessed that the impacts on the listed buildings were not considered adverse and instead are very limited due to existing screening, concluding that the proposed development is acceptable from a heritage perspective.

A challenging yet rewarding project working with Studio 35 Architects. We are delighted with the outcome.

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