Housing developer loses appeal

A developer has lost an appeal over plans to build four houses in a rural setting in Wyre.

The scheme, earmarked for land west of Barnfield off Sower Carr Lane, Hambleton, went to appeal after Wyre planners rejected it in August last year.
But planning inspector Felicity Thompson dismissed the appeal, made by Messrs Pye, after finding that the outline plans for four detached houses would be detrimental to the undeveloped character of the area..
The inspector also noted: “The appeal site is located on the south side of Sower Carr Lane in a countryside location, accessed off the A588 via narrow unlit country lanes, with little in the way of footpaths for pedestrians.
“The A588 appears to be a relatively busy road with limited street lighting.
“Given the fairly busy nature of the A588 I consider that future occupiers of the proposed dwellings would be unlikely to travel by bicycle or regularly walk to the nearest settlements because of the distances involved, particularly in times of inclement weather or the hours of darkness.
“There is a bus stop near the junction of Sower Carr Lane with the A588 however, no information has been provided about the services offered.
“Future occupiers would have to walk along a narrow unlit road to access the bus stop.
“Given its countryside location I consider that the future occupiers of the proposed development would be reliant on the use of the private car to make most of their journeys for local services and facilities.
“The development would consequently be contrary to the aims of the Local Plan which requires development to include measures to encourage access on foot, by bicycle and public transport and reduce car reliance.”
Mrs Thompson accepted that there would be a small social benefit in providing extra housing units and short term economic advantages would also arise from the construction of the new houses.
But she added: “However, the adverse impacts of the proposed development would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.”

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