New Bodmin homes bid refused by inspector
A housing development in Cornwall has been rejected by a Government planning inspector in order to safeguard the health of a woman who suffers from mental illness.
The houses would have overlooked the garden of the resident and affected her privacy, as it was the only place she felt safe outside her home.
Cornwall Council had refused planning consent for the scheme at Watery Lane, Bodmin, resulting in developer Andrew Williams lodging an appeal. The scheme was to build four three-storey houses on the land, near Bodmin Jail.
Government planning inspector Katie Peerless, who visited the site last month, dismissed Mr Williams' appeal.
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She said the main issue was the effect of the proposed development on the living conditions of a husband and wife in a neighbouring property.
Ms Peerless said the planning system didn't necessarily aim to protect the rights of one individual over another and the owners of a site should normally be able to develop their land within planning rules.
But, she said the proposed development would cause both a real and perceived loss of privacy which would result "in significant harm" to the living conditions of any occupier of the property and, "particularly when combined with the needs of the present occupiers", this harm was enough to warrant refusal.