Draft PPS14 Sustainable Development in the Countryside
Policy CTY 10: Justification & Amplification Access & Other Ancillary Works
4.86 New accesses are often a visible feature of new buildings in the countryside and on occasion can be more obtrusive than the building itself, particularly if they include ornate walls, gates and fencing. Accordingly it will often be necessary to attach a condition removing permitted development rights for such boundary features in the interests of preserving the amenity and rural character of an area.
4.87 Wherever possible access to a new building should be taken from an existing lane-way. Where a new access drive and services, such as electricity and telephone lines, are required, they should be run unobtrusively alongside existing hedgerows or wall lines and accompanied by landscaping measures. Access driveways should respect site contours and cross them gently, thus integrating the building with its entrance and site. Sweeping driveways which create a suburban emphasis and access arrangements, will not be acceptable.
4.88 While adequate visibility at the road access is necessary in the interests of road safety, access driveways surfaced in tarmacadam and with concrete kerbing can look out of place in the countryside and less formal solutions should be sought. The traditional field pattern should be preserved and roadside and field boundary hedges and stone walls retained or reinstated following any access works. Retention or reinstatement of boundaries, hedges and walls is an important element in mitigating the impact of new development and where necessary will be controlled by condition.
4.89 Large garden areas between a new dwelling and the public road can also be a prominent and unnatural feature in the countryside and will be unacceptable. It may on occasion be necessary to control the size and extent of the curtilage of a new dwelling by applying a planning condition.