The site lies opposite the Roman Catholic Cathedral, which is listed Grade I and is within a conservation area. In view of the sensitivity of the site Woodhall was consulted at an early stage about the design of a block of sheltered housing for the elderly. The Council refused the applications, considering that by reason of its density, excessive site coverage, massing and design it would detract from the character and appearance of the area and from the setting of the Cathedral. Woodhall provided expert design and conservation evidence at a Public Inquiry.

The Inspector upheld the appeals, stating that there was no objection to a well-designed contemporary solution. She also accepted that, '… the impact of the new building should be considered not only from static viewpoints but also against the gradually changing panorama that observers would see as they walked or drove past the development.' The Inspector concluded that the proposal would preserve character and appearance of the Conservation Area, and the setting of the Roman Catholic Cathedral.

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