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Planning Rules I'll Never Understand

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Why is it OK to have one massive house in an area like this but not multiple well-designed houses?

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-54601235.html?premiumA=true

There are 12 acres of grounds, so nobody could have their view spoilt by the development. There is a decent road to the property so no busy junctions.

You could probably fit 10 decent detached houses onto that plot so why aren't we allowed to?

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"Why is it OK to have one massive house in an area like this but not multiple well-designed houses?"

The reason is of course, planning policy. Whether that is "OK" or not depends on whether you are taking a legal or moral or other view.

1. Pre-existing buildings can often been converted. (subject to a whole host of other policies)

2. New developments must be high-density, 10+ houses per acre. (typically 20).

The consequence of this is that you end up with the peasants crammed in whilst a few live on their own estates. Even if you get a number of new 4-5 bed properties, they will have very little space around them. Farmers with outbuildings get to cash in.

The more low-density housing you have, the more NIMBY (voters) will be against you.

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Why is it OK to have one massive house in an area like this but not multiple well-designed houses?

Umm... I think I missed something - nowhere in the ad does it say no further development permitted? Just because someone built A doesn't mean it would have been illegal to build B instead.

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