Case 2 - Highland House, Denshaw

Permission has been secured, on appeal, to sub-divide an existing house in the Greater Manchester Green Belt to form two dwellings.  The Council argued that the site was not within 480 metres of two key services despite accepting that it was in close proximity to a bar and a hotel, both of which the Council’s policies accept are ‘key services’.  The Inspector agreed with our submission that such uses to be ‘community uses’ and therefore 'key services'.  The Inspector also found the nearest bus stop to be within a ten-minute walk of the site.  The Inspector concluded that the development would not constitute an isolated house in the countryside as it was in close proximity to nearby dwellings and the availability of key services and public transport.