Former Firvale service station

Full planning application for a neighbourhood convenience store.

The applicant had filed an appeal against Sheffield City Council’s failure to determine a planning application within the statutory period. The inspector found the key issue in this case was its design and layout.

Design at appeal

The inspector dismissed the appeal, stating that poor layout, incoherent building line with existing buildings, and lack of active frontage failed to respect the general principle of place making.

The inspector concluded that the proposed convenience store did not draw on the architectural language and materials of adjacent buildings. The elevation was blank and did not attempt to replicate the existing elevational order; consequently the facade was considered to be inferior and looked alien in its setting.

The Inspector concluded that the proposal would miss the opportunity to improve the character and quality of a deprived area. The appeal was dismissed, relying on paragraph 34 of PPS1: Üdesign which is inappropriate in its context or fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of an area should not be accepted.

The appeal was dismissed

Key lessons

  • PPS1: Delivering sustainable development states that design that is inappropriate in context will not be approved. Good design should " integrated into the existing urban form and the natural and built environments.
  • Good design should respect and enhance the character of the local context.
  • Elevational treatment and building setback are key considerations in determining an application.
  • Design at appeal provides guidance for local authorities and appellants to navigate the appeal process when design is an issue.

Further information

  • Appeal decision date:
    09 March 2007
  • Local authority:
    Sheffield City Council
  • Region:
    Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Type of application:
    Full Planning
  • LPA planning reference:
  • Planning Inspectorate appeal reference:
    APP/J4423/A/06/2024024 (Adobe PDF)