Planning & Design successfully achieved outline planning permission at Planning Committee for a residential development of 2 dwellings, located in the centre of Matlock, Derbyshire Dales.
A development in this location was acceptable in principle as the site was within the built framework of Matlock, the location of the site was highly sustainable, with most day-to-day services and amenities within a 10 minute walking distance.
However, there were still issues to overcome before a planning permission could be secured. The site was outside of, but adjacent to, the Matlock Bank Conservation Area, so it was important that the proposed development respected and had no detrimental impact on the character of the nearby Conservation Area. There were also numerous concerns raised by neighbours with regard to loss of amenity, mainly because the site had a challenging topography. The site was very steeply sloping with the rear gardens of neighbouring properties situated on higher ground to the rear of the site which could have had the potential for overlooking. After protracted negotiations with the Planning Officer, the design was amended by lowering and restricting the ridge heights further and creating 1.5 storey dwellings (at a maximum) and partially digging the proposed new properties into the ground, so that they would appear nestled into the slope of the site rather than perched on top of it.
The resulting scheme retained the long-reaching views of the horizon over the Matlock countryside that the neighbours benefited from.
As the housing application received a number of objections, it had to be decided at Planning Committee. The proposal secured a recommendation for approval from the Planning Officer and Rebecca Beardsley, a Planner at Planning & Design, spoke at the Committee meeting in support of the application, which was subsequently approved by Councillors.
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