Working in conjunction with Tezel Bahcheli, Charted Town Planning Consultant, we produced a heritage statement as part of an appeal that was heard at an Informal Hearing, for a new dwelling within the Lewes Conservation Area and setting of a number of listed buildings.
Despite the contentions of the Local Authority, the Inspector decided to allow the appeal noting that the contemporary design of the proposed part subterranean house, within the remnants of a former burgage plot would not harm the special character of this part of the Conservation Area nor harm the significance of a number of listed buildings. It was also agreed that it did not harm the attributes of the South Downs Natural Park
The Inspector considered the contemporary house to be of a discreet design, being barely perceptible, referencing built form that once occupied the burgage plots and would not be incongruous or contrived. Having considered the issues raised by all parties, the scheme was considered to be acceptable.
Some points for the Local Authority to note Nevertheless, a successful outcome for the team and client!
Although the Inspector consider the locally listed building, Roche Villa, to be unique in the Carnarvon Road street scene and contributed positively to it, he did not think the development proposals would adversely affect the character and appearance of the building or its contribution to the street scene would be diminished. He noted that the Council's report made reference to the building being of a Norman Shaw style with high quality detailing. Having been commissioned by Ken Parke Planning and the appellant, Murphy Associates were able to identify the details that most likely contributed to its designation as a locally listed building but it was not of the highest order, domestic and average when compared to other Norman Shaw dwellings.
A lesson to be learn when selecting buildings for local listing?