Planning inspector rejects developer’s appeal for second time

May 31 2017

DEVELOPERS have lost a second appeal in their effort to get permission to build houses on a landlocked piece of land in Yate.

DEVELOPERS have lost a second appeal in their effort to get permission to build houses on a landlocked piece of land in Yate.

Woodstock Homes want to demolish a bungalow in Cambrian Drive in order to gain access to the site and put 18 homes on the plot.

But South Gloucestershire Council is opposed to the scheme and has twice rejected it .

After the first refusal, Woodstock appealed to a planning inspector to overturn the decision.

But the inspector supported the council, leading to the company re-submitting the application, saying it had addressed concerns raised.

South Gloucestershire opposed it a second time, repeating its view that it would result in “significant and demonstrable harm” and failed to reach the highest possible standards of site planning and design.

Woodstock went back to the planning inspectorate for a further ruling but once again, the council’s decision has been backed.

The inspector, Richard Aston, said: “The proposed access road into the appeal site would cross an adopted right of way that is used by pedestrians and cyclists.

“I was able to see from my visit that the route connects community development, including a shop, the Farmhouse public house and Cambrian Green Court to the east, with surrounding residential areas. 

“It is evidently an important travel route for residents, including children, the elderly and the disabled and it is clearly an integral part of the estate’s original design.”

Mr Aston said day-to-day movements and deliveries would be sufficient to increase the potential for conflict between vehicles on the proposed access drive and pedestrians and cyclists using the adopted right of way where the two routes cross.

He concluded that “the proposal would fail to provide an acceptable design of access”.

Yate Town Council had strongly opposed the plan - together with a number of residents -saying the land was a well-used piece of open space and it was essential to keep it open.

Yate councillor Chris Willmore said: “I am really delighted by this decision because it is so clear.”

The town council will now approach the landowner to see if the site can be bought to protect it as public open space.