Barnet Council is not very keen on the conversion of family houses into separate flats – it is worried about harm to the suburban character of the borough.
Policy DM01 of its Development Management Policies says that the conversion of dwellings into flats on roads characterised by houses would not normally be appropriate.
The appeal inspector concluded that there would be no harm to the character of the area in this case – in fact, it would not be easy to tell from the outside that there had been a conversion at all.
The inspector also observed that there would be no net loss of family sized accommodation – the flats would suit smaller families.
The inspector did not believe that the comings and goings from two flats would cause any noise or disturbance affecting neighbours.
Finally, the inspector noted that the proposal provides much needed new housing and that the London Plan places particular emphasis on development on smaller sites, especially in outer London.
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