Mr J H Yatman of Westward Ho! has lost an appeal to the Minister of Housing and Local Government against the refusal of Northam Urban Council to permit him to build two pairs of holiday bungalows at his home, ‘The Pines’, Atlantic Way.
The appeal was decided on the written representations of the parties and following a visit to the site by an officer of the Ministry.
The Minister points out that ‘The Pines’ is a large, old house, with an associated area of about six acres, on the south side of Atlantic Way. The main access to the property is up a steep, winding drive from an entrance gateway adjoining the main road, and visibility is restricted in each direction from the highway boundary.
Properties on each side of this section of Atlantic Way are residential in character, the Minister adds, although some may be used for holiday purposes. Farther north is a large area used as caravan sites. ‘Your reasons for wishing to carry out the proposed development are appreciated,’ he had told Mr Yatman, ‘but it is considered that the indiscriminate siting of holiday chalets within the curtilage of properties in predominately residential areas would be harmful to the character of those areas and that such development should therefore be grouped in the area to the north of the main road as suggested by the local planning authority.’
The Minister also says it is considered that the present access is unsuitable to serve any further development.