Independent use of annexe wins approval

The change of use of a granny annexe in the Staffordshire countryside to a separate dwellinghouse has been allowed despite the council's concern that it breached development plan policies.

The site contained a dwellinghouse and a former garage and store that had been converted to a granny annexe in 2001. The appellants sought to subdivide the curtilage to provide a garden for each dwelling. They also planned to build a pair of garages, one to serve each dwelling.

The inspector decided that the building lay in the curtilage of an existing dwelling. Although it lay outside any defined development limit, he accepted that it did not involve sporadic development in the countryside. The building had all the attributes of an independent dwelling and allowing it to remain would make best use of previously developed land, he decided.

DCS Number 100-050-203

Inspector Brian Rogers; Written representations.


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