Development Control Casebook: Housing: Conversion - Shell conversion held at odds with policy

The residential conversion of a former cottage in rural Anglesey has been rejected after an inspector decided that the construction of a roof constitutes extensive rebuilding.

The building was a shell but the evidence of two structural engineers persuaded the inspector that apart from a central gable wall and some areas above lintels, the walls were sound.

The provision of new floors, doors and windows was not unusual for conversions, he remarked. However, none of this hid the fact that there was no roof. The appellant accepted that this could not be rebuilt under permitted development rights.

The inspector opined that construction of the roof constituted extensive rebuilding, while a proposed extension and accommodation in the roof space would constitute a significant addition to the original structure. He concluded that the development constituted significant rebuilding and extension of the former cottage and therefore contravened development plan policies and Planning Policy Wales advice that new building in the countryside should be subject to strict control.

DCS Number 100-069-477

Inspector Tony Thickett; Hearing

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