Additional bedroom within listed building disruptive to historic form

Substituting details of a planned conversion of an office building in Bristol to facilitate the provision of a second bedroom in one of the flats was unacceptable, an inspector held, because it adversely affected the historic layout.

The grade I listed building also lay within a conservation area and while the additional bedroom created by adding an internal wall would not affect the latter it would erode the simplicity of the original plan form. One of the bedrooms, which would incorporate a chimney breast, fireplace and windows, would be out of scale with the grandeur of these features, the inspector decided. The public benefit of providing a two-bedroom unit would be modest and did not outweigh the harm to the heritage asset.

Inspector: J Evans; Written representations

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