Smart Planning have successfully achieved planning permission at appeal for a detached infill dwelling near to the rural village of Lindsell within the District of Uttlesford, much to the delight of our client.

The assigned Planning Inspector noted that the development would protect the character of this part of the countryside contrary to the District Council’s decision, appearing as part of the domestic surroundings and resulting in a small infill between the existing built development. The Inspector also drew direct comparisons between the plot sizes of nearby properties and the appeal site.

In terms of suitability, they noted that despite the lack of services nearby (being located some 3.5 miles from Thaxted) the adopted planning policies allowed for some infilling close to settlements.

Despite this, the Inspector, G Pannell, concluded that the proposed development would fall within the definition of infilling referred to by Policy S7 within the Local Plan. The Council also failed to demonstrate a Five Year Housing Land Supply, at which point Paragraph 11d of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was engaged.

The appeal was therefore allowed and planning permission granted.

10 September 2020