Outline planning permission granted for residential development on backland site, Rochdale


Permission has been granted, on appeal, for residential development on a backland site despite access not being wide enough for fire engines.  The Inspector accepted our argument that 'Manual for Streets' states that 'a site layout which has been rejected on the grounds of accessibility for fire appliances may become acceptable if its buildings are equipped with sprinkler systems'.  The Inspector accepted that an appropriately worded planning condition could overcome the Council's objections.

The Inspector also accepted an amended plan that removed a detached garage from the scheme could be accepted as it did not cause prejudice to any other party and this resulted in the development not causing any loss of outlook to neighbouring properties.