The council relied on a response from English Heritage confirming that although the existing dwelling was not worthy of being listed, it had been designed by a locally important architect whose distinctive style was reflected in its design. It followed a commission from a client with a disabled wife who needed a single-storey dwelling.
The agency considered that it complemented listed properties in the area and made a positive contribution to the conservation area. The inspector noted the appellant's criticism of the survey work and comments provided by English Heritage. While finding that there appeared to be some errors in these comments, he agreed that the existing house had an interesting and distinctive design featuring a central rotunda with three radiating wings under a flat roof.
In respect of the two houses proposed, the inspector agreed with the council that their height and massing would materially affect views through the conservation area. Their footprint and outline would unacceptably increase their prominence and adversely affect the setting of nearby listed buildings, he concluded.
DCS Number 100-058-406
Inspector Andrew Jeyes; Inquiry.