Alternative house designs impact on setting of listed hall

Two alternative designs for a detached dwelling within the grounds of a grade II listed hall in Essex were judged to be equally unacceptable and would adversely affect its setting.

400-017-029 (Image Credit: Braintree DC)
400-017-029 (Image Credit: Braintree DC)

In making his assessment of the potential impact on the setting of the listed house, an inspector noted that it was of substantial scale. But both alternative designs would result in buildings of imposing design and scale which would detract from the appreciation of the main house. By competing in this way the historic importance of the house and its woodland setting would be diminished. The fact that planning permission had been granted for a significantly smaller dwelling within a walled garden did not influence the inspector’s conclusion that permission should be granted. That consent was justified on the basis of enabling improvements to the hall but such an argument had not been advanced in respect of the case before him and in any event no legal mechanism had been provided to ensure that this would be delivered.

Inspector: Jonathan Parsons; Written representations

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