Garden grabbing character impact limited

The erection of a dwelling in the side garden of a house in Buckinghamshire was granted permission after its impact on the character of the area, protected trees and neighbouring residents was judged to be acceptable.

The scheme would result in the erection of a two storey dwelling to form a terrace with the appellant’s existing house and a neighbouring property which was also owned by the appellant. It would be sited behind a protected row of ash trees which would overshadow the front of the proposed dwelling.

An inspector decided, however, that the long term survival of the trees would be maintained since the majority of the building works would be outside the root protection area and the amount of sunlight and daylight entering the house would meet required standards. While some pruning in the future might be required it would not lead future occupiers to seek the removal of the trees.

There would also be a gap of approximately three metres between the house and another property and this would not lead to an overly dominant relationship, he concluded, such that overall the character and appearance of the area would be maintained.

Inspector Jonathan Parsons; Written representations

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