West Oxfordshire District Council has successfully resisted an appeal by Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited against the refusal of full planning permission for 46 residential dwellings, together with associated infrastructure and landscaping (including a 'village green') in Brighthampton.
Spitfire specialises in 'high-quality, bespoke residential development' and promoted the scheme on this basis.
The inspector accepted that the design of the new units, including a thatched cottage, would reflect that character of other developments in the vicinity.
She also recognised that the proposal was in an accessible location and would deliver market and affordable housing in a district without an NPPF compliant supply, and where there was an acknowledged local need, a history of under provision and a declining stock.
Nevertheless the Inspector found that the development would result in less than substantial harm to three grade II listed buildings and would adversely affect that character and appearance of the area. She held that the development conflicted with the development plan and that the impact of granting planning permission would, in any event, significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme when assessed agains the policies in the NPPF.
Charles Streeten acted for the successful local planning authority.
The Inspector's decision letter can be found here.