PERMISSION to build eight detached houses on land west of Pipers Hollow, Forest Road, Horsham, has been refused by a planning inspector.
An appeal was lodged by Arcadia Construction (Horsham) Ltd after Horsham District Council’s failure to give notice of a decision on an application for the houses, garaging, new internal drive and improvement of the existing access off Forest Road within the prescribed period.
Dismissing the appeal, inspector Peter Bird said the council indicated if the appeal had not been lodged it would have refused permission.
Mr Bird said the site was in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Horsham-Crawley strategic gap.
Three five bedroom and five four bedroom houses would be arranged off a cul-de-sac by altering the existing access.
The arrangement would be ‘out of character’, ‘more suburban’, ‘distinctly more apparent and intrude into the street scene’.
The development would not make a significant contribution to reducing the shortfall in Horsham’s housing supply and would not be ‘an effective and efficient use of the land’.