DC Casebook: Food and Drink Uses - Pump room found to disrupt plan form

An inspector has refused to allow a single-storey extension to a grade II listed building in a North Yorkshire conservation area after ruling that it harms the simple plan form of the host structure.

The appellant maintained that the extension was necessary to house a ground source heat pump forming the main heating supply for a pub. The extension was small in size and had been built of materials to match the existing property, he explained. But the inspector decided that the listed building's special interest derived from its simple plan form and its plain elevational treatment.

The long and narrow extension appeared incongruous when viewed in the context of the building as a whole, he found. In his opinion, it undermined the quality of the building and the area's character. He refused to grant retrospective listed building consent and planning permission for the scheme.

Inspector: Richard McCoy; Hearing

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