Planning application number: 20/0270
Site address: LOWER TODHILLS POLE BARN LOWER TODHILLS MELMERBY PENRITH CA10 1HP
Description: Dwelling on the site of a pole barn, including associated parking, vehicular and pedestrian access, storage, landscaping and habitat features.
Decision date: 16 July 2020
Decision type: Full Refusal
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Decision level/committee: Delegated
Conditions / reason for refusal: • The development is considered to be unacceptable on the grounds that the proposal conflicts with the spatial planning policies of the Council. The application does not meet the criteria required for development in ‘Other Rural Areas’ which are restricted to the re-use of traditional buildings, the provision of affordable housing as an exception to policy only, or where the proposal accords with other policies in the Local Plan. The development is an isolated dwelling in the open countryside without any planning justification. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to Policy LS1 of the Eden Local Plan 2014-2032. • The proposal is not in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 79) which only supports isolated dwelling houses where ‘the design is of exceptional quality’. Although, the new dwelling is of a high quality design, it is not of an exceptional quality that is truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture. • The application site is occupied by a traditional agricultural building which is of an appropriate design, scale and form within its rural setting. The replacement of the building with a domestic building will not conserve or enhance the rural landscape character and function. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to Policies DEV5 and ENV2 of the Eden Local Plan 2014-2032 and paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

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