Globe has successfully appealed the Council’s refusal of a proposal to build an uncompromisingly modern dwelling at the heart of the Burton Conservation Area, surrounded by a number of listed buildings.
The Inspector agreed that the principle of delivering modern architecture, appropriate to its context, is supported by English Heritage in its advice contained in “Building in Context – New Development in Historic Areas”. He also cited advice contained in “Planning for the Historic Environment Practice Guide” which explains that the contribution of setting to the historic significance of an asset can be enhanced if new buildings are carefully designed to respect their setting through scale, proportion, height, alignment and use of materials.
The Inspector drew attention to the advice contained in the NPPF that decisions should not seek to impose architectural styles or particular tastes and should not stifle innovation, originality or initiative through unsubstantiated requirements to conform to certain development forms or styles.
In granting permission the Inspector concluded that he was satisfied that the proposed dwelling represents a carefully considered design solution that would respect local character and distinctiveness, preserve the character of the Burton Conservation Area and the setting of nearby listed buildings.