Security concerns outweigh harm to character of London conservation area

An enforcement notice to remove a metal gate and fanlight bars was quashed at a west London dwelling in a conservation area with the security concerns of the appellant outweighing the acknowledged harm to the character of the conservation area.

The inspector noted the dwelling formed part of a unique cottage estate, the character and appearance of which was derived fron the consistent and intricate detailing of the front doors and elevations of the houses. He held the existing gate and fanlight bars erected at the dwelling obscured these intricate features and were visually intrusive and unbalanced the pair of cottages which the dwelling was part of, and disrupted the rhythm of the repeated pattern of handed front elevations along the street. This, he felt, caused less than substantial harm to the appearance and character of the conservation area. However, whilst there were no public benefits put forward to outweigh this harm, the inspector felt the personal circumstances of the appellant, who was concerned for their security, was a compelling reason to allow the appeal in this instance but subject to a personal permission and time-limited.

Insoector: Paul Freer; Written Representations

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