This case was a good example of a council sticking rigidly to its planning policies without taking account of the circumstances of the proposal.
Policy DMHD 1 of the Hillingdon Local Plan Part 2 states that side extensions should not be more than 50% of the width of the main house. This is to stop side extensions being oversized and disproportionate to the existing building.
However, this house has a particularly large side garden and we argued in the Appeal Statement that the side extension would fit quite comfortably in the space, leaving a generous gap to the side boundary.
The appeal inspector agreed, saying that the extension was small and would not appear cramped.
If you have been refused planning permission for an extension on the basis that it does not comply with guidance, consider an appeal. Contact our lovely team of chartered town planners for some advice.