7 PL/2021/01633/PPFL Chestnuts Farm Eastcote Lane PDF 639 KB
Refused, as per Officer recommendation, for the following reasons:-
(1) The retrospective development considered in this application amounts to inappropriate development in the Green Belt. This causes harm by definition, harm to openness and is contrary to the purposes of including land in the Green Belt. It is not considered that any very special circumstances have been put forward in support of the proposals to outweigh this harm clearly and decisively. Therefore, Very Special Circumstances do not exist that would need to be demonstrated in accordance with the NPPF and Policy P17 of the Solihull Local Plan if the presumption against inappropriate development in the Green Belt is to be overcome. The proposed development is therefore contrary to the NPPF and to Policy P17 of the Solihull Local Plan; and
(2) The retrospective development considered in this application is contrary to Policy P15 of the Solihull Local Plan regarding its scale, expanse and appearance, resulting in harm to the character and appearance of this rural landscape and surrounding area.
A statement of objection was read out on behalf of Mrs Joan Bylinski and concerned residents of Eastcote Lane, Councillor Bob Sleigh also spoke against the application whilst Mr Richard Cobb spoke in support.