LETTER OF OBJECTION FROM THE SOUTH HAMS SOCIETY
The South Hams Society interest.
For the last 50 years , the South Hams Society ( SHS )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.
The SHS are of the view that this proposal presents overdevelopment of the site , which adversely impacts the AONB , and views to and from the estuary and coastpath .
The considerably increased scale of the proposed replacement dwelling presents unacceptable intrusion high on the hillside overlooking the Heritage Coast and SSSI Designation.
The proposal is detrimental to the scenic landscape quality of the AONB , and is therefore contrary to Policy CS9 of the South Hams Core Strategy , Policy DP2 Development Policies DPD , and Policy DEV 24 and 27 of the Plymouth and South West Joint Local Plan.
The proposal also conflicts with paragraph 172 of the NPPF which states that great weight shall be given to preserving or enhancing the AONB.
Planning Guidance annexed to the AONB Management Plan includes guidance on the types of development likely to conflict with the AONB purposes and have the potential to harm the AONB.
For residential development this includes ;
* Large scale individual houses , in prominent locations that are of a mass and design inconsistent with local character.
* Development that is poorly related to an existing settlement , or fails to respect or reinforce it’s character , scale and density.
* Developments detracting from the vernacular building style through inappropriate scale , mass or design.
The SHS believe that the proposal does conflict with these Policy guidance notes
The proposed replacement dwelling is out of character in the context and setting of it’s location , and the significant massing of the proposed rebuild presents an incongruous feature within the landscape.
The SHS respectfully ask that this application be refused.
Mike Richards ( for and on behalf of the South Hams Society ) .