DC Casebook: Householder development - Wraparound extension rights dismissed

A west London home owner has failed to persuade an inspector that a single-storey extension is permitted development, leading to refusal of a lawful development certificate for the works.

The two storey semi-detached house had a two-storey rear projection and outhouse. The appellant proposed to extend the rear projection by wrapping around the side and removing the outhouse. He claimed that retaining a gap of less than 2.5m between the extension and the rear of the main house would comply with class A, part 1, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) 1995 as amended.

The inspector noted that condition A.1(e)(i) states that if a dwellinghouse as enlarged would extend beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse by more than 3m it is not permitted development. Although the extension would lie within 3m of the rear elevation of the existing projection, he considered that it would breach the limit because it wrapped around the latter and looked towards the main rear elevation of the house.

DCS Number 100-068-974

Inspector John Parnell; Written representations.

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