Inspector rejects Georgian pastiche

Works to embellish a contemporary building with pastiche Georgian elements in a London conservation area failed to impress an inspector.

The works comprised replacement windows, doors and stucco render at ground floor level added to a simple brick built modern townhouse in a narrow mews street within a Georgian conservation area. The inspector saw that the street had undergone significant redevelopment, with original mews properties being replaced with larger scale, modern utilitarian buildings and considered that the design of the appeal property had itself successfully balanced a contemporary approach with a very simple reference to the Georgian style in its appearance, which was not non-descript as alleged by the appellant.

In the inspector’s opinion, the addition of pastiche ornate features would jar with the modern design of the host building and detract from the prevailing contemporary utilitarian character of the street, contrary to council SPG supporting replica and contemporary design solutions but not pastiche imitations of historic buildings. On the basis that harm to the host building and wider conservation area were not outweighed by any public benefit, the inspector dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: C Dillon; Written representations

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