DC Casebook: Housing: New Build - Side garden precedent concern supported

A proposal to build a house at the end of a row of terraced properties on a Cornish housing estate has been dismissed after an inspector ruled that it would set an undesirable precedent.

The appellant proposed to demolish a two-storey side extension to the end-of-terrace property to allow construction of the new house. She claimed that the side garden did not play an important role in maintaining the estate's character or landscaped setting. The inspector disagreed, noting that the appeal property was part of a densely packed, regimented and highly uniform layout.

In her view, the open areas associated with the estate's end-of-row properties provided a pleasing break from the stiff, featureless terraces. The provision of parking spaces in front of the existing and proposed dwellings would not be an attractive addition to the street scene, she opined. Given the large number of open-sided gardens on the estate, she was concerned that an undesirable precedent would be created, the cumulative effect of which would be to further erode the area's character.

Inspector: Gyll Grindey; Written representations.


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