Application Ref : 0782/19/FUL
Proposed reconstruction of garage with extensions to form sail loft , boat storage and ancillary residential accommodation to basement ( re-submission of 0025/19/HHO .
The Weald , East Portlemouth.
LETTER OF OBJECTION FROM THE SOUTH HAMS SOCIETY
For the last 50 years,the South Hams Society has been stimulating public interest and care for the beauty, history and character of the South Hams.
We encourage high standards of planning and architecture that respect the character of the area.
We aim to secure the protection and improvement of the landscape, features of historic interest and public amenity, and to promote the conservation of the South Hams as a living, working environment.
We take the South Devon AONB very seriously and work hard to increase people’s knowledge and appreciation of our precious environment. We support the right development- in the right places- and strenuously oppose inappropriate development,as we believe to be the case with this application.
I write on behalf of the South Hams Society ( SHS ) to express our serious concerns about this proposal on a site that lies within the South Devon AONB, Heritage Coast, and in close proximity to a Designated SSSI. Policy CS9 in the South Hams Core Strategy, and National Guidance in the NPPF states that the Designation should be given Great weight in decision making.
The scale and mass of the proposed development presents a significantly detrimental intrusion in this sensitive estuarine location, and this should rightly be afforded the highest consideration when estimating the visual impact that the development will have on the waterfront landscape.
The proposed development conflicts with South Devon AONB Planning guidance on Coastal and Estuarine Development which sets out protection from;developments that intrude on views from estuary waters Scale, mass, or design that is incompatible with local character
Policy DP2 adopted DPD Landscape Character states that development proposals will need to demonstrate how they conserve and / or enhance the South Hams landscape character , including Coastal areas, estuaries, river valleys, undulating uplands and other landscapes.
The SHS believe that the proposal does not comply with Policy DP2, and further, is contrary to Policies DEV 24 and 27 of the Plymouth and South West Joint Local Plan.
Particularly relevant to the proposal is DEV 27 para 8 iii; Requires development proposals located within the setting of the AONB to be located and designed to respect scenic quality and maintain an areas sense of place, or reinforce local distinctiveness.
The proposed built development as a result of it’s form, scale and mass will significantly detract from the recognised low density character of the area, and presents an unacceptable level of harm to the distinctive characteristics of the iconic, wide, unspoilt and expansive panoramic views from multiple vantage points in Salcombe, and from the estuary, harbour and adjacent beaches.
The Salcombe Neighbourhood Plan ( at advanced stage ) sets out to protect locally important views SALC ENV 6, and echoes guidance in the AONB Management Plan;
protecting long uninterrupted views of the open undeveloped seascape LAN / P6.
The proposal raises real concerns over the cumulative effect of incongruous waterfront development at this and nearby locations, and the SHS implicitly believe that if the estuary and SSSI Designation is to retain it’s aesthetic character and charm, then development such as that proposed in this application must be curtailed.
The SHS respectfully ask that this application is refused.
Mike Richards, for and on behalf of SHS .