Casebook: Appeal Cases - Housing: New Build - Mews development blocked by threat to trees

Two appeals proposing a house, flat and garages to replace garages at the rear of houses in a London conservation area have been rejected because the development would interfere with neighbours' daylight and outlook and would threaten two trees.

The first appeal entailed a two-storey dwelling in a similar position to the existing garages, with its lower floor sunk into the ground. The second entailed the demolition of further garages and the construction of a subterranean garage, in which each space would be occupied by a mechanism capable of accommodating two cars.

The inspector considered that the contrasting elements of the design would add character and interest to an unremarkable area. However, he decided that potential damage to trees outside the site could not be controlled by condition and that the scheme would therefore threaten the character and appearance of the conservation area. He also held that daylight would be reduced at adjacent properties and their outlook would be unacceptably restricted by the height of the proposed buildings.

DCS No: 41253545; Inspector: Robert Mellor; Hearing.

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