Plans for a house in the car park of the Three Bishops pub in Brighstone are being appealed to the government again after the Isle of Wight Council again refused planning permission.
The applicants, Punch Partnerships, are hoping for a change of luck for its proposal for a 3-bedroom house.
An application was first submitted in early 2020 but was refused by the Isle of Wight Council and then dismissed at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate. After making revisions to the plan, it was again refused by the local planning authority in November 2020 and the decision has once again been appealed.
On behalf of the applicant, CPC Planning Consultants, in a statement to the Inspectorate, say the ‘majority of negative impacts alleged by the council have been erroneously carried forward’ from the previous refusal ‘despite not being upheld’ by the government body.
CPC says the applicant has sought pre-application advice and worked on feedback but the council had not sought to engage proactively with them.
Despite that, the council refused the application on the grounds it would not protect or enhance the character of the Brighstone Conservation Area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as being an over-development of the site.
Addressing those issues, CPC said by reducing the height, changing its position and re-orientating it, the house had been heavily revised to ensure it complemented the conservation area the house.
It also said there was no basis for the council to allege the scheme was overdevelopment, as its design and placement had been carefully considered.
Council officers also raised issue with a lack of a noise impact assessment, with the house being so close to a pub, but one now forms part of the appeal documents.
The agents argue with suitable mitigation measures, such as good acoustic design and ventilation methods, there was no reason to suggest residents would be adversely affected by noise levels.
No date has been given by the Planning Inspectorate as to when the appeal would be decided.
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