Rural settlement housing Q & A DCP Section 9.1

This section is concerned with housing developments of less than 10 units proposed in or adjacent to established rural settlements. A large and increasing number of appeals are generated in this area of control, many arising because of differences of interpretation between local authorities and appellants as to precise boundaries of villages, even where settlement limits are defined in local plans. Small scale housing schemes, mostly single dwelling developments, which are clearly in the open countryside are considered in the next section (9.2), while more extensive residential developments proposed on the fringes of larger villages, normally those designated in structure or local plans as suitable for expansion, are dealt with at (7.1). Many of the general amenity and traffic considerations raised by housing in urban residential areas are also applicable to village schemes and so reference should also be made to chapter (8).

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