Sea view reduced but impact on child with medical needs judged acceptable

A single and part two storey extension to a dwellinghouse in east Sussex would partly obscure views of the sea from a neighbouring property but this was not unduly harmful to its outlook, an inspector decided.

Direct views of the sea from a kitchen window would be very significantly reduced as a consequence of the proposal, the inspector agreed, but an oblique view would remain available. Nor would the two storey element give rise to an overbearing or oppressive outlook. Uninterrupted views towards the sea would remain possible from other windows in the property.

The neighbouring family did have a child with complex difficulties who enjoyed looking at the sea from the kitchen window. The child’s mother and medical professionals claimed that this would result in physical and psychiatric harm to the child. While the inspector expressed considerable sympathy with the child and family she was not convinced that alternative means of addressing the child’s needs could not be found including some internal re-organisation of the kitchen. The appeal was allowed.

Inspector: Lynne Evans; Written representations

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