Heritage statement required to support four-storey office extension

An appellant who submitted a heritage statement which had been prepared in support of a development on an adjoining site failed to secure permission for a four-storey office extension in north London, an inspector ruling that this failed to address the significance of and impact upon a conservation area.

In rejecting the appellant’s claim that the extension which would be located at the rear of the site and therefore have no impact on the character of the area or the setting of a grade II* underground station, the inspector decided that it failed to adequately address the requirements of paragraph 128 of the NPPF. The framework required a proper assessment of the significance of the assets and the likely impact, irrespective of whether the council had validated the application without one.

The existing access was of limited width and safe access for pedestrians and cyclists could not be guaranteed. Over 1,100m2 of space was proposed but a transport statement which accompanied the application did not assess the increase in trips or deal with servicing and deliveries. The siting, scale, height and proximity to an existing building would lead to a loss of light and have an overbearing impact on neighbouring occupiers. The appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: Kevin Gleeson; Written representations

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