In this case, the council had already granted planning permission for a ground floor extension to the house but was determined that it would not grant permission for a first floor on the top.
The homeowner approached us for help, and we advised him to resubmit the application for the larger extension and prepare for an appeal. In the meantime, works could start on the ground floor part at least.
The council did not believe that the extension would harm any neighbours but thought it would be oversized and look out of place, harming the character and appearance of the area.
The inspector agreed with us that the extension fitted in well with the design of the original house and was appropriate in terms of its size, scale, detailed design and choice of materials.
We were delighted when the appeal was allowed and planning permission was granted.
If you are facing a similar quandary, please contact our planners for some advice!