The reporter agreed that the 40cm by 85cm flue was impossible to reconcile satisfactorily with the Victorian tenement. However, he noted that a cylindrical flue 45cm in diameter already had permission and that the restaurant had recently been allowed to expand significantly. The need for a larger replacement flue might reasonably have been anticipated and resolved by the council at that point, he remarked.
He observed that none of the structure was apparent in any public view and considered that its effect on the listed building as a whole was minor. He recognised that conservation areas and listed buildings are anything but skin deep, but expressed concern that it was still unclear what other type of solution the local authority might have in mind.
DCS Number 100-064-670
Reporter Philip Hutchinson; Written representations