Casebook: Court cases - Householder Development - Garage plan blocked at historic manor house

The deputy prime minister has refused listed building consent and planning permission for a garage in the grounds of a grade II* listed manor house in Derbyshire, concluding that the proposal would harm the setting of the building.

The inspector decided that the double garage with sun room above would represent an excessively large building by comparison with the three-storey manor house. The use of a barrel roof would lead to a difference in form against the steeply pitched roofs and gabled dormers at the house, he held.

He advised that the scale and form of the building would be out of character with its context. While recognising that the design approach provided some harmony through the use of traditional materials, he held that the extensive use of timber and the prominence of pergolas and balustrades rendered it unacceptable.

DCS No: 37421933; Inspector: Keith Turner; Written representations.

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