Extra-care housing design and massing agreeable in residential street

The demolition of a hotel in St Albans to provide extra-care, assisted living accommodation was supported by an inspector who decided that it would not look out of place nor harm the amenity of neighbouring residents.

The street was characterised by detached residential buildings set behind mature planting which gave the street a pleasant verdant feel, the inspector held. The proposed building would have a substantial mass and be readily visible from the public realm. Nor did it have a strong domestic character. Nevertheless, the inspector concluded that it would be attractive in its own right, with the use of six visually strong projecting gables not inappropriate to the local context. Existing planting along the road frontage would be retained and space for additional planting had been created. A drawing produced by the appellant demonstrated that the building would not have a visually overbearing impact on neighbouring residents.

Inspector: Gareth Jones; Hearing

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