DC Casebook: Housing Conversion - Flats judged damaging to character

Plans to provide 12 one-bedroom flats on top of a parade of eight shops in Dorset have been judged visually damaging to the street scene and the character of the locality.

The existing building, which dated from the 1930s, lay on a main road in a busy commercial area. While there had been some alterations to shopfronts and fascias, the inspector found that the appeal building retained most of its original character and was an architecturally interesting feature of the street scene.

Although the second floor would be set behind the existing parapet, she judged that the substantial increase in height and the addition of hipped roofs would result in an awkward and unsympathetic juxtaposition of styles. In her opinion, the design was inappropriate to the host building and its context and this justified refusing permission despite an acceptable impact on local residents and parking.

DCS Number 100-069-311

Inspector Jennifer Armstrong; Hearing


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