The following letter to Simon Nutter confirms that the Planning Application for the Dragons Head has been refused. This will need careful analysis but on the surface it runs contrary to the wishes and needs of our community.
Lancaster City Council hereby give notice that PLANNING PERMISSION HAS BEEN REFUSED for the development set out in the application dated 27 March 2017, and described above for the following reasons:-
- The site is located within a small rural settlement with very limited services and as such is not considered to be sustainable in terms of its location. It is not considered that a sufficient and robust justification has been put forward to justify four new dwellings in this unsustainable location. The proposal is therefore contrary to the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular the Core Planning Principles and Sections 6 and 8, Policy SCI of Lancaster District Core Strategy and Policies DM20, DM42 and DM49 of the Development Management Development Plan Document.
- The proposed alterations to the barn do not respect the character and appearance of the building and would result in an overly domestic appearance. The design and layout of the new dwellings does not relate well to the surrounding built heritage and fails to provide an appropriate level of private amenity space, including in relation to the barn conversion, and the extension to the public house is not in keeping with the character and appearance of the existing building and is not considered to preserve or enhance the special characteristics of the Conservation Area. It is therefore considered that the proposal does not represent good design and is contrary to the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular the Core Planning Principles, Section 7, and Section 12, and policies DMS, DM31, DM32, DM33, DM35 and DM42 of the Development Management Development Plan Document.
- As a result of increased traffic movements and poor visibility at the site’s entrance, the application has failed to demonstrate that it will benefit from a safe access point onto the public highway. The proposal is therefore contrary to the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, in particular Section 4, and policies DM20 of the Development Management Development Plan Document.
I am looking to obtain a dialogue from those that were present at the meeting so that we can consider the equity of the decision for ourselves.