DC Casebook: Householder Development - Extension judged too large in green belt

An inspector has rejected plans for a two-storey extension at a house in Gloucestershire after concluding that it would breach the local authority's green belt policies.

The council contended that the extension would result in an increase in the volume of the original dwelling by just over 50 per cent. Its policies stated that any addition of more than 50 per cent would normally be viewed as disproportionate. The appellant pointed out that part of the dwelling had been demolished some time previously. Allowing for the space lost, he argued that the extension amounted only to a 30 per cent volume increase.

The inspector decided that the extension would result in a disproportionate addition to the original dwelling. It would be seen clearly from a public footpath and would reduce the openness of the area, he held. He recognised that the appellant needed the space for personal reasons but concluded that this did not outweigh the conflict with green belt policy.

DCS Number 100-064-238

Inspector Gwilym Powys Jones; Written representations

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