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prime minister John Prescott has ruled that plans for 14
flats on the site of a former garden retail business in
Putney are in line with
Government policy for brownfield sites.
go ahead comes after a public inquiry last month where the
sought to limit development on the Dryburgh Road site to
inspector appointed by the deputy prime minister concluded
that 'the proposal (for 14 flats) would reflect the thrust
of current Government guidance which advocates higher density
housing on brownfield sites.'
sites are those which have formerly been used for industrial
or commercial purposes.
decision letter adds that the new homes 'would contribute
ongoing historical development of the area without causing
harm to the
character of the conservation area or otherwise compromising
council had given the applicant approval in October for
storey block with 10 flats. This followed a refusal in April
for a four
storey block comprising 14 flats.
to its use by the Adrian Hall group for plant and garden
sales the land had a history of residential planning permissions.
inspector's findings confirmed that the principle of residential
development was not in dispute. She said that the council
had seen both schemes as 'an opportunity to enhance the
area with an imaginative, high quality design.'
inspector did not agree that the proposal for 14 flats amounted
to an overdevelopment of the site.
applications chairman Ravi Govindia said the minister had
clearly felt that both schemes put forward by the applicant
would contribute to the local environment:
council argued strongly that a 10-flat development was the
right size for this location. The
minister took the view that given its previous use this
was a classic brownfield site where he would want to see
as much development as possible to help meet the Government's
targets for new homes."
council's request for conditions to be attached to the permission
in respect of building materials, boundary treatment, landscaping
and trees was agreed by the inspector.
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