PINS bring christmas cheer to an Appellant awaiting the outcome of the decision for an additional floor improving her living accommodation. Being on the top floor of a flat in a small 1960s block with a small floor plate, the only option was to go up! After an encouraging pre-app, formal planning permission was refused.
Eimear assisted the client in moving an appeal forward and on 10/12/13, the decision notice arrives - appeal upheld.
The Inspector considered the existing arrangements between building heights created a visually 'jarring discord' which the appeal proposal would improve. In sharing the views expressed in the appeal statement, the Inspector considered that:
' … the small addition would improve the visual relationship between the block and the adjacent residential building and contribute to the character of the area, enhancing its significance, through a more appropriate stepping in height …' .
'I conclude that the development would not harm the appearance of the appeal property or the block of flats if forms part of … the improved relationship with the adjacent Victorian building would enhance the character or appearance of the West Hill Conservation Area' .
To note - the scheme was designed by Atkins Blair Ings Richardson Architects.
The Appeal decision can be viewed at: http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/fscdav/READONLY?OBJ=COO.2036.300.12.6072795&NAME=/DECISION.pdf