Listed building works judged acceptable

An inspector granted planning permission and listed building consent for new French doors and a glass bridge and steps on the back of a listed townhouse in London.

The appeal property comprised one of a terrace of townhouses facing a garden square in a residential conservation area. The inspector noted the modest townhouse had survived relatively unaltered, such that its original layout and appearance, including the plain rear elevation, remained apparent and contributed to the significance of the listed building.

The window proposed to be replaced was a modern replacement of a traditional design and the inspector considered its removal would not represent the loss of historic fabric. She noted the new doors would retain the width of the opening and its alignment with openings above, and preserve the appearance of the elevation, also having regard to the appellant’s willingness to design the doors to open inwards, so as to limit their visual effect when in use.

A new set of glass steps was proposed to span the gap above the basement light well and give access to the back garden. The inspector was satisfied the modern materials and form of the link would be clearly recognisable as a new addition to the historic building and only modest in scale, leaving the original internal layout remain intact. On this basis she concluded the proposal would have an acceptable impact on the significance of the listed building, according with the statutory duty to ensure its protection, and satisfying development plan policies. Due to the secluded position of the proposal, she was also content that it would have little if any visual impact on the character or appearance of the conservation area.

Inspector: Elaine Gray; Written representations

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