Decision details

Development Panel - OUT-2019-0030 - The Borrans, Cockermouth - Outline application including access for a new dwelling (resubmission of 2-2018-0511)

Decision Maker: Development Panel

Decision status: Refused

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




Michael-Anthony Ward spoke against the application.


Anthea Jones (Agent) and Mr Moore (Applicant) spoke in favour of the application.




The report recommended refusal.


The Senior Planning Officer introduced the item then went through the main issues as detailed in the report.


Principle of Development


The application site is located outside the saved, 1999 settlement limits for Pardshaw. The Allerdale Local Plan (Part 1) classes the village as an Infill rounding off village omitting any defined settlement limits. The emerging Part 2 pre submission document also omits any settlement limits for the village. The merits of the outline permission relate to whether the proposal “infills and roundsoff the village” under Part 1.

In the officer’s opinion the proposal neither constitutes infill or rounding off of thesettlement and, in the absence of anydemonstrable essential need, the proposalconstitutes non-essential development inthe open countryside.

The proposal is therefore considered to represent an inappropriate, unsustainable location for residential development contrary to the provisions of Policy S3 and S33 of the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 1)


Drainage Issues


Satisfactory drainage details have been submitted for the proposed development


Highway Considerations


The highway details are considered satisfactory.


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 officers and debate followed relating to whether the proposal constituted infill or rounding off.


Councillor Grainger moved to defer the decision for a site visit.


The motion to defer was seconded by Councillor Horsley.


A vote was taken on the motion to defer, 4 voted in favour, 7 against and 0 abstentions.

The motion was lost.


Following further debate, Councillor Farebrother moved the motion to refuse as per officer’s recommendations.


The motion was seconded by Councillor Kemp


A vote was taken on the motion to refuse, 8 voted in favour, 2 against and abstention


The motion was carried.




That permission is refused.


1.  The application site is located in a distinctive rural open countryside setting. The development would introduce a non-essential residential detrimental alien form within the existing site’s open natural environment to the detriment of the visual amenity of its site and surroundings. The site of the development is considered to constitute neither infill nor rounding off development, eroding the distinctive rural settlement character of the settlement features, pattern, identity and rural character of its locality and would be an incongruous development in this rural locality. The site is therefore not considered to be well related to the built environment and would extend into the open countryside. As such it is contrary to policies S1, S3, S5 and S33 of the adopted Allerdale Local Plan Part 1 – 2014 and the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019.


2.  The proposed development constitutes non-essential residential development in the open countryside and is not considered to qualify as an exception for housing outside of the settlement and contrary to Policy S3 of the Allerdale Local Plan Adopted July 2014.


Report author: Susan Hanley

Publication date: 22/10/2019

Date of decision: 22/10/2019

Decided at meeting: 22/10/2019 - Development Panel

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