Dwelling sited in overbearing location next to cottages

In dismissing an appeal seeking retrospective consent for a dwelling in Hertfordshire an inspector has decided that it has an overbearing impact on two neighbouring cottages.

Planning permission had been granted in 2012 for three houses on the land and a subsequent application to regularise changes from the approved scheme had been approved in 2014, with the exception of the dwelling subject to appeal. The council stated that its siting, when coupled to its scale and height, adversely affected the character of the area and this objection was supported by local residents who maintained that the siting compromised the setting of the two cottages which were non-designated heritage assets and had led to a loss of privacy and amenity.

In finding in favour of the appellant in respect of the impact on the character of the area, the setting of the cottages and its impact on sunlight and daylight, the inspector was nevertheless concerned about the overbearing impact of the dwelling. The outdoor amenity space associated with the cottages was well-used and the combination of the ridge height, scale and orientation of the dwelling had an unacceptable impact on the outlook of neighbours. This oppressive and overbearing impact had compromised their amenity and the quality of their living space and this factor alone justified dismissing the appeal.

Inspector: Christa Masters; Hearing

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