13 Jul 2017
One of our Historic Environment team acted as expert witness on heritage matters on behalf of Braintree District Council for an appeal against refusal to grant planning permission. The proposal was for a hybrid application consisting of 106 new houses and a new business hub on agricultural land to the west of the historic market town of Coggeshall.
Over the course of the inquiry we successfully showed that the development would result in a high level of harm to the setting and significance of the grade II listed Highfields Farmhouse and its associated ancillary buildings, as well as harm to the significance of the adjacent Coggeshall Conservation Area, which incorporates the medieval core of the town.
The planning inspector concluded that as a result of the development. ‘the harm would be significant…….. at the higher end of less than substantial harm for Highfields Farmhouse’. They also concluded that there would be ‘modest harm’ to the Coggeshall Conservation Area. It was therefore considered that the ‘adverse impacts significantly and demonstratively outweigh the benefit of the scheme’, and the appeal was dismissed.
The appeal decision can be read here.