Poor design outweighs boost to housing

An inspector rejected the addition of an extra storey adding fourteen flats to an existing block in an Essex town.

In the inspector’s opinion, the existing modern three storey flat roof building successfully integrated with its suburban context, appearing discreet. He judged the significant increase in height of the additional storey would, in contrast, appear bulky and intrusive, towering over its mainly two storey neighbours and harming the character and appearance of the area. Neighbouring residents would also experience a loss of outlook, especially when using their gardens, due to its overbearing presence.

In the final balance, taking into account a housing land shortfall, the inspector concluded the design failings of the proposal far outweighed the benefits of boosting housing supply through an efficient use of land in a sustainable location.

Inspector: Jonathon Parsons; Hearing

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