Cornwall Environmental Consultants Ltd

Palmers Norley, Devon

CEC was commissioned in 2010 to provide landscape and visual impact assessment and expert witness services to support the client’s appeal against refusal of a retrospective planning application for an all weather turn-out paddock.

The site covers approximately 0.4ha of pastoral agricultural land immediately to the north east of the farmhouse and main yard, the 120acre farm is located in a productive rural landscape in West Devon 10.5km north of Okehampton. The steep nature of the site results in several long distance views south towards Dartmoor, though the narrow river valleys of the surrounding landscape and narrow tree-lined roads limit views of the site to close distance due south. The application was refused on the basis that it formed an ‘unjustified visually intrusive new development in the countryside’.

CEC carried out a full landscape and visual impact appraisal identifying the area’s landscape character, key features, and sensitive visual receptors to objectively determine the likely effect of the proposals. A planting plan was then prepared as mitigation, proposing hedge and tree planting to screen the paddock in the most prominent views and emphasise its connection to the surrounding field pattern. This work was used to inform an expert witness statement which demonstrated methodically and objectively why the reasons for refusal were inaccurate and not robust. CEC also attended the Inspector’s Hearing to provide evidence on behalf of the client.

CEC’s extensive experience of landscape and visual impact assessment and understanding of rural landscapes, together with a consistent and clear approach in line with industry best practice enabled the client to demonstrate that the proposal were justified in their location and not out of keeping with the surrounding countryside. The appeal was successful.

Client: Private Developer

Year: 2010

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