DC Casebook: Householder Development - Houseboat privacy concern overruled

The conversion of the flat roofs of five flats in Middlesex has won support from an inspector who ruled that the development would not adversely affect the amenity of nearby houseboat residents.

The scheme involved replacing screen windows with opening doors and glass balustrades to enclose the balcony areas. The council was concerned that allowing people onto the balconies would adversely affect the amenity of residents living on the boats, since the roofs were three storeys high. It relied on a previous appeal determined in 2000, where it was held that an unacceptable degree of overlooking would result.

The inspector noted that the appellant had afforded occupants of the nearest houseboats an opportunity to observe the degree of overlooking. None of them had subsequently objected to the scheme, she recorded. She also noted that other homes built in the area since 2000 had dormer windows facing over the marina. She found that views from the balconies would be up-river, where it was possible to obtain more attractive vistas, rather than overlooking the houseboats.

DCS Number 100-064-768

Inspector Isobel McCretton; Written representations

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