The significance of layout

We thought this snippet was interesting for the considerable (unprecedented?) emphasis placed on the importance of urban grain. The case (DCS Number 400-014-146) concerns an appeal against the refusal of listed building consent to create an off-road parking area at a grade II listed former mill worker’s cottage in an area designated as a World Heritage Site.

The inspector noted that the mill workers’ cottages, dating from the late 18th century, were important assets due to their connection with a noted local family and the unique role which the area played in the development of the textile industry and the early factory system. He considered that, even though it was proposed to build a replacement wall further into the site, the loss of the frontage wall to facilitate off-road parking would erode the well-preserved character of the cottages, not only by the introduction of a hard standing but also by the physical loss of the boundary wall to the listed property in its original position. Furthermore, he noted that the World Heritage Partnership had stated that the walls, as curtilage features, had a significance equal to that of the cottages themselves, and that the loss of part of the historic boundary pattern would be harmful to the Outstanding Universal Value of the WHS.

The following DCP section is relevant: 4.372

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