Roof extension held to harm block of flats

A roof extension creating extra units at a block of flats in a west London conservation area has been rejected on grounds of harm to the area's character and appearance and the Thames riverside.

The block was built in the streamlined style of the 1930s and the inspector found it a design of much interest. The conservation area was based on a Victorian suburb comprising large upper-class mansions and ample recreational areas. The inspector observed that its special interest included late Victorian buildings and structures as well as 20th century buildings of architectural merit.

He observed that the Thames is a nationally important river and is used by Londoners and visitors for recreation, transport and tourism. He noted that a section of the Thames Path national trail lay across the river from the site.

He agreed that the distinct architecture and lightweight appearance of the roof extension was an appropriate response to the developer's brief. However, he considered that the extension lacked the subtlety of the existing arrangement.

He held that the upward extension of the building would overburden the architectural integrity of the refined and complete original design. He concluded that the proposal would harm a significant building in the conservation area and the disruption of its streamlined form would disfigure the view from the river.

DCS Number 100-050-814

Inspector Dannie Onn; Inquiry.

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