Casebook: Appeal case - Community Facilities - Extensions approved despite council's concerns

Proposed extensions to a mock Tudor building used as a residential home in Staffordshire have been granted permission despite the local authority's concern that it would undermine the quality of an area of special character.

The inspector noted that the existing building stood on extensive grounds.

The extensions would appear as sympathetic additions and would remain subservient to the original building, he decided. They would not reduce the grounds' spaciousness or openness so would not compromise the special area's integrity, he ruled.

Although the council also raised concerns about the capacity of the sewerage system to cope with the additional accommodation, the inspector recorded that little evidence had been presented on this matter. There was no objection from the relevant statutory undertakers and although local residents referred to sewers backing up, he was unclear how often this took place or whether it was directly due to the appeal property. He concluded that this matter did not weigh against allowing the appeal.

DCS No: OT100-045-550; Inspector: Jeremy Sargent; Hearing.

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