09 Dec 12 DWELLINGS ALLOWED ON APPEAL IN EAST MEON
BJC Planning has obtained planning permission on appeal for 12 dwellings in East Meon. The Planning Inspectorate allowed a s.78 planning appeal for the allocated Neighbourhood Plan site within the South Downs National Park.
Policy EM16 of the East Meon Neighbourhood Development Plan 2016 – 2032 allocates the site for 11 houses. The policy sets out a range of requirements and an indicative layout is provided in the supporting text. Despite the initial planning application being refused for a number of reasons, the Inspector was satisfied that all issues had been addressed as part of the planning appeal. These included addressing specific highways and drainage issues, securing provision for affordable housing and off-site nitrate mitigation land and addressing issues relating to the landscape impact of the proposed scheme.
Among the Inspector’s comments, he opined: ‘The Authority’s specific concern is that a more sensitive ‘landscape-led’ scheme would be possible than that proposed. That said, exactly what a landscape-led scheme would look like and how it would differ from the scheme proposed has not been fully explained.’ He also remarked: ‘The siting, scale and layout of the development would be such that it would be visible from, but not prominent within the broader landscape.’