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.
I write on behalf of the SHS to object to this proposed development which very substantially increases the footprint of the current dwelling.
In the context and setting of the location in an elevated position with views toward the sea and South Sands , the four level replacement dwelling would present an example of overdevelopment that will significantly impact the AONB , Heritage Coast and protected coastal Designation.
The protection of the coastal landscape in this area is afforded significant weight in the NPPF and the proposed development , having regard to it’s prominent siting and the intrusion of increased mass and bulk in close proximity to a well used footpath , will fail to conserve or enhance the special landscape character , and therefore conflicts with South Devon AONB Management Plans LAN / P1 and LAN / P5 which seeks to protect multiple visual receptors .
The proposed development presents an unacceptable level of harm to the distinctive characteristics of the iconic , wide, unspoilt and expansive panoramic views which include Long framed views from East Portlemouth and the Harbour.
The Salcombe Neighbourhood Plan ( now at advanced stage) implicitly sets out to maintain locally important views ; SALC ENV 6 .
Policy CS9 of the South Hams Core Strategy states that development will not be permitted which would damage the natural beauty , character and special qualities or prejudice achievement of the designated purposes of AONB’s.
The SHS believe that the proposed development on a highly prominent hillside conflicts with Policy CS9, and Development Policies DP1 , DP2 .
The proposal also fails to comply with guidelines that are set out in the Plymouth and South West Joint Local Plan ; DEV 24 , 25 and 27 .
The SHS also have concerns about light pollution that would result from the considerable amount of glazing within the design , which will further adversely impact on the AONB and Heritage Coast.
The SHS respectfully ask for refusal of this application.
Mike Richards ( for and on behalf of the South Hams Society) .