Appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a loft conversion with side/rear dormers

Appeal Allowed (Full Planning Permission Granted) on 7 March 2024

Dormer Roof Extensions

63 Leyswood Drive,

Council: London Borough of Redbridge.

Councils can be very reluctant to grant planning permission for dormer roof extensions, even though they are now such a common feature of our urban environments.

In this case, the dormers that our client was proposing were certainly very large. We accepted that they would not normally be granted planning permission (they didn’t meet Redbridge’s local planning guidance), but the fact was that the council had allowed similar extensions on nearby houses.

The inspector agreed with us that an exception should be made on the basis that very similar extensions were visible on neighbouring houses – a strong precedent had been set.

There were other examples of similar developments in the area.

We have written about dormer extensions elsewhere – see here and here.

For advice, also check out Martin Gaine’s book, How to Get Planning Permission.

If you have been refused planning permission for extensions to your home, contact us for some advice!

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