Artificial stone rejected on extension

An inspector has refused to sanction the use of artificial stone for a first-floor extension of a cottage in the Cotswolds after finding that it was not acceptable in a conservation area.

The majority of buildings and walls in the village were made from locally quarried stone and the inspector found that this was an important element in its distinctive character and appearance. He acknowledged the appellant's argument that a number of dwellings and extensions in the settlement were built of artificial stone, but noted that its use in a single-storey extension to the appeal property had only been accepted because of a shortage of natural stone at the time.

It was common ground that the use of artificial stone had compromised the character and appearance of the conservation area, he observed. The fact that only a small amount of additional artificial stone was proposed on the rear elevation did not influence his judgement that its use would not preserve and would certainly not enhance the character or appearance of the area.

DCS Number 100-050-407

Inspector Robert Yuille; Written representations.

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