Casebook: Appeal Cases - Food and drink uses - Unified shopfront judged to harm listed pub

The replacement of a shopfront at a listed pub in Gloucester has been rejected on the grounds that it would harm the building's special architectural and historic interest and would fail to preserve the conservation area in which it was located.

The appeal premises comprised two listed buildings dating from the 16th century. The inspector saw that the buildings appeared very different when viewed from the street due to their varying widths and alterations to one of the buildings. These factors had resulted in different proportions and architectural styles above the modern frontages at ground level, he noted.

The inspector found that the primary objection to the proposal was that it would entail a unified design across the two separate buildings. He agreed that this would detract from the separate identity of the buildings to a material degree. He also considered that it would blur their distinction and separate past development, thereby detracting from their special historic interest.

DCS No: 54791054; Inspector: Keith Turner; Written representations.

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