Loft conversion allowed at garden suburb home

A loft conversion has been allowed at a grade II listed house in north London's Hampstead Garden Suburb after an inspector found that it would not harm the heritage asset.

The council was concerned that a proposed alteration to the master bedroom would materially alter the dwelling's original form to the detriment of its special interest. But the inspector had considerable doubt as to the pre-eminent status of the room in architectural terms.

He noted that its plan form and spatial integrity had been materially altered through previous authorised changes and that the proposed works would be largely accommodated within the line of existing modern built-in wardrobes. In his view, the proposal represented a "modest intervention" that demonstrated that such alterations can be incorporated without material compromise to special architectural interest or significance.

Inspector: David Morgan; Hearing.

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