Extension to listed arts and craft building denied

An inspector refused permission and listed building consent for an orangery style extension to a property built as a house in 1911 in a Dorset seaside town, but which changed to community use in the 1980s when it was saved from ruin by a community association.

The large single storey extension proposed would enclose a prominent loggia, an important feature of the building’s southern elevation. Historic England advised that open loggias were a key feature of the property’s Arts and Craft heritage, and the building was considered to be the most important domestic project from the later stages of architect E S Prior’s career. The inspector considered that whilst well designed, the extension would obscure this important feature of design and agreed with Historic England that it would cause considerable harm to the grade II* listed building’s significance.

The inspector disagreed with the council’s assessment of substantial harm to the heritage asset, finding it to be less than substantial because of the sensitive design affecting only the loggia. He concluded, however, that the harm to the listed building would not be outweighed by the public benefits of the proposal in terms of additional useable space for the local community and encouragement of association membership, or that the proposal was the only option for achieving these outcomes. He dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Nick Fagan; Written representations

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