Following serious planning objections from the South Hams Society and local residents, the Planning Inspector has decided that the ‘Millbay Cottage’ Appeal is dismissed. The decision followed the Council’s refusal to grant planning permission to demolish an existing dwelling and replace it with a new building.
The Inspector noted that “While I find no conflict with policy in relation to the provision of surface and foul water drainage, this would not overcome the conflict with policy in relation to the location of the development and the significant harm that I have found as a result of the conflict with AONB policies. These are matters of overriding concern and I therefore conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.”
“I conclude that as a new dwelling located in the countryside the proposal would conflict with the locational requirements of Policy TTV26 of the JLP. Furthermore, as I have been unable to conclude that the existing building has a lawful use for permanent residential use, the proposal would also conflict with Policy TTV29 of the JLP in so far that I cannot be certain that a replacement dwelling is proposed.
The site is a large plot of predominately wooded land set back on elevated ground east of Millbay Road within the South Devon AONB.
Here is the Planning Inspectors Decision in full
Here is the South Hams Society’s Letter of Representation to the Planning Inspector