Hardstanding held to require permission

An appellant has failed in a bid to retain a hardstanding at a house in a Lincolnshire conservation area following a ruling that it did not constitute repair and maintenance.

The appellant said the hardstanding - two lines of paving slabs almost 15m long - involved the maintenance and repair of a previous line of slabs. But the council said the new ones were materially different. It added that permitted development rights under class F, part 1, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995 had been removed under an article 4 direction, preventing the construction of any hard surface.

The inspector held that the slabs amounted to the construction of a new hard surface. He felt that they jarred with the area's general character and appearance due to their length, width and the starkness of the materials. On this basis, he decided that their retention was not justified.

DCS Number 100-050-196

Inspector Paul Morris; Written representations.

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