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!