DC Casebook: Householder Development - Family need outweighed by plan failings

A north London orthodox Jewish family's acknowledged need for two extensions to each of two houses has been undermined by the inaccurate plans submitted with the application.

The appellants, who had eight children, were members of a community that had been established for more than 75 years and was expanding rapidly. They claimed that their cultural ties bound them to the area and the lack of large houses meant that extending existing dwellings was the only viable option.

The inspector agreed that the particular needs of the appellant and the community should be given considerable weight. The extensions had been well designed and would create another floor in the form of a mansard roof that complied with council policy guidance, he found. However, he noted that the plans submitted with the application were inaccurate and decided that it would be inappropriate to grant permission without neighbours being given the opportunity to comment.

Inspector: Richard Maile; Hearing.

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