Condition changed to retain flexibility

An outline proposal to demolish vacant commercial buildings in a Surrey suburb and replace them with 18 flats has been judged acceptable despite council concern about the lack of detail provided.

The site lay on a road of semi-detached late Victorian and Edwardian houses and was adjacent to a conservation area. The council suggested a condition requiring the development to take the form indicated in illustrative drawings. The inspector pointed out that it would then be bound to approve them if they were submitted as an application for approval of reserved matters.

The council explained that it did not want the condition to prevent it from approving something better than the illustrative material. On that basis, the inspector redrafted the condition to specify the maximum scale of development as set out in plans accompanying the application. He also held that it should stipulate that the flats must have pitched roofs and eaves heights in general conformity with those shown on the drawings. This would allow scope for further refinement when details were submitted for approval, he reasoned.

DCS Number 100-050-501

Inspector Paul Clark; Inquiry.

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