An application to build six homes on land at Santon has been refused by planners.
Forest Homes Projects Limited applied (16/01396/A) for approval in principle for the homes on land at the corner of Ballavale Road and the New Castletown Road.
The proposed homes were three and four-bedroom units on what the applicant described as ’generous’ garden plots.
Planners turned down the bid, saying the site is not designated for development and is outside any settlement identified in the Strategic Plan.
It describes the visual impact of the development as ’unacceptable in an area generally characterised by random scatterings of individual dwellings of different types and ages within an otherwise undeveloped landscape’.
The decision notice continues: ’Even the best designed houses would, by virtue of their layout if nothing else, be out of keeping on this site.’
It says the way to assess the potential for further development of areas was to go through the Area Plan process ’which involves full consultation, consideration and comparison of sites against others while measured against an identified housing target rather than taking ad hoc decisions in planning applications.
It says if planners had approved the bid it would ’undermine the Area Plan process’.
In the design and access statement submitted by GCA Limited as part of the application, it said the proposal was to create ’homes for life’.
They were designed to be accessible by people with a disability, and offer a potential for expansion into the roof space. A small play area was also included on the site.
In the design and access statement it said the 0.7 acre site was ’no longer suitable for agricultural use due to its limited size and proximity’.