Retirement apartment design and massing satisfactory despite objections

The construction of 38 category II sheltered housing units in Surrey has been judged satisfactory by an inspector who considered its overall massing and the relationship to adjoining housing.

The site contained a former police station and a number of dwellinghouses which would be demolished. In their stead one larger predominantly 2 ½ and 3 ½ storey block would be created, the inspector noted. Whilst this would be higher than adjoining dwellings the overall massing and use of hipped roofs would ensure that it would not appear overly dominant or out of character. Adequate detailing was provided along the elevations with the use of ‘blank’ windows to provide interest and an acceptable appearance. In addition, he did not believe that the scheme would give rise to unacceptable levels of overlooking or a loss of privacy.

Inspector: Nick Fagan; Hearing

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