Decision details

FUL/2019/0014- Firth View, Dearham, Maryport- Siting of a static caravan as living accommodation

Decision Maker: Development Panel

Decision status: Refused

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




Councillor Peter Kendall on behalf of Maryport Town Council spoke against the application.


The Applicant, Joanne Fletcher spoke in support of the application




The report recommended refusal.


The Planning and Building Control Manager introduced the item confirming that members viewed the site from the A594.


The Planning and Building Control Manager went on to explain that the access to the site is unacceptable in terms of highway safety and that there were other concerns as detailed in the report. He explained that this application needed to be assessed on its own merits separate to the next application on the agenda but that the members’ resolution on this application may affect the officer’s recommendation for the kennels (FUL/2019/0047).


Members noted the representations received in respect of the application, the main grounds of which were set out in the report.


Principle of Development


The application site is located in the open countryside outside the defined settlement limit. The static caravan represents an inappropriate and unsustainable form of development in the open countryside, with no essential need demonstrated.


Sustainability, Access and Parking


The proposal would result in the intensification of a substandard access by way of insufficient visibility and the proposal is therefore considered unacceptable in terms of highway safety.


The proposal would constitute an unsustainable form of development due to the distance to local services and amenities along an unlit footpath to the opposite side of the A594, with no crossing facilities.


Landscape and Visual Impact


Development of housing at this location is considered to be sporadic development in this open and rural locality that would adversely impact on the character and appearance of the area. The proposal does not relate to the built environment, resulting in an incongruous development that would have an adverse effect on the landscape character and visual amenities of the locality.


The static caravan and the associated container structures and perimeter fencing all combine to provide a poor standard of design for a permanent dwelling.


Tilted Balance


The adverse impacts of permitting the development in this poorly accessible, unsustainable countryside location with an unacceptable access would significantly outweigh the benefit of providing just one dwelling.


Members noted the representations received in respect of the application, the main grounds of which were set out in the report.


Questions were asked of the speakers and debate followed in relation to highways, and access to the site.


Councillor Armstrong moved to refuse the application as per officer’s recommendation.


The motion was seconded by Councillor Miskelly.


A vote was taken on the motion, 8 voted in favour, 4 against and 0 abstentions.


The vote was carried




Refused as per officer’s recommendation







Report author: Kelly Hampson

Publication date: 30/04/2019

Date of decision: 30/04/2019

Decided at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Development Panel

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