Flat-roofed extension harms listed former court houses

Planning and listed building consent were withheld for the construction of a two-storey extension to a grade II listed building within a Sheffield conservation area because of its excessive scale and bulk.

The host building was of Italianate design with a 1930s extension and had the benefit of permission for conversion into 21 apartments with a single storey addition to the rear wing. The appellant, however, sought permission to add a two-storey extension which would create three additional flats over the approved scheme. The appellant argued that the principle of an upward extension had already been accepted and the addition of a further storey would not adversely affect the host building.

An inspector decided that the approved scheme involved a more modest addition and adding a further storey would give the appearance of something which had been ‘tacked on’ with a poor relationship with the main structure. Despite a variation in the roofscape surrounding the building, the inspector decided that the development would be incongruous, and the public benefits advanced by the appellant would large accrue in respect of the permitted scheme.

Inspector: Claire Searson; Written representations

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