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Planning Inspector’s Comment about the Proposed Development
‘When taken together the elements do not combine to provide a pleasing contribution that integrates well within the existing distinctive character of the area but rather, brashly and excessively, stand out as a strident and poorly integrated element in the street scene. The unashamedly modern approach is not the root of the problem rather the mix of forms, materials and combination of differing elements of the building which appear as a disaggregated combination rather than a cohesive and coherent intervention in a sensitive location.’
Planning Inspector’s Overall Conclusions
‘The proposed development would harm the character and appearance of the area including the Chudleigh Conservation Area, and the setting of adjacent listed buildings. It therefore conflicts with the statutory requirements to preserve and enhance conservation areas that I am required to exercise and the special regard I am to give to the preservation of the setting of listed buildings.
As such the proposal also does not meet the environmental or social roles required to make it sustainable development. The negative aspects of the scheme would not be outweighed by any positive benefits of the scheme that may arise from the provision of additional housing. Given my conclusions on affordable housing contributions above I have not added that to the balance, however to be clear, even had I accepted that the obligation could be a reason to grant planning permission, the benefit that would have accrued from affordable housing would not have been sufficient to outweigh the harm I have identified.’