New Dwelling Allowed In The Countryside

A planning inspector has allowed an appeal against the decision of the City and County of Swansea to refuse planning permission for the erection of a dwelling near Pontlliw. The site is located outside of any settlement boundary, but adjacent to existing residential properties. Graham Carlisle of CDN Planning argued that advice in Planning Policy Wales was material in these circumstances and the inspector agreed that the proposal rounded off the existing development pattern without having any material harm upon the character and appearance of the countryside. She also found that the site had good accessibility.

In concluding, the inspector acknowledged that the scheme did not comply with the Unitary Development Plan, but found that in the absence of harm the proposal was in accordance with Planning Policy Wales. Outline planning permission has therefore been granted.