Main elevation debated on corner dwelling

A Lancashire man's claim that he is entitled to decide which part of his home is the main elevation has been rejected by an inspector.

The property had elevations facing onto two streets. The appellant regarded the elevation facing a cul-de-sac as the "principal" elevation, on the grounds that letters were posted and visitors arrived there. On that basis, he argued that installing a conservatory on the other wall was permitted development under class A, part 1, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995.

The other elevation faced a main through road and bus route and had two main bedroom windows. Although the conservatory had obscured some of the original ground-floor features, the inspector decided that they had probably included a living room window and a door. This elevation was the most architecturally significant and placing the conservatory against it breached condition A.1(d) in class A, she held.

Inspector: Jean Russell; Written representations

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