Residential character compromised by care home design

The demolition of five dwellings in a west London conservation area to facilitate the erection of a care home was judged by an inspector as likely to compromise the established residential character of the neighbourhood.

The site lay in a suburban area typified by detached and semi-detached dwellings on large plots most of which were set back from the road behind verges and mature front gardens. Five large houses would be demolished. The inspector decided that the scheme would insert a single large building into open rear gardens, constituting a form of backland development. The building would be over 12 metres in height, considerably in excess of nearby dwellings. At approximately 55 metres wide it would extend across the majority of the site, the inspector noted, which when coupled with its 90 metre depth and the loss of many mature trees, would not constitute a sympathetic addition. The use of dormers, gables and hipped roofs did not overcome the harm to the spacious and mature landscaped qualities of the site, adversely affecting the conservation area. The inspector also decided that the increased activity and vehicular movements would harm the amenity and outlook of neighbouring residents.

Inspector: Mike Hayden; Hearing

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