Some homeowners and their architects propose quite dramatic changes to their houses – completely transforming them with extensions in every direction. These developments breathe new life into old properties and can create magnificent homes.
In this case, our client proposed extensions to the side and rear over two floors, raising the roof to create habitable space in the loft, building a rear and a side dormer and, finally, converting the garage and building a porch.
The result was a stunning new family home. But Harrow Council did not like it, because the planners tend to be cautious about developments that are not small in scale and that make large changes to a house.
In our Appeal Statement, we showed that the proposal largely complied with Harrow’s detailed guidance on homeowner extensions. We also showed that most of the houses on this street had been altered, sometimes quite dramatically.
The appeal inspector agreed with us that the extended house was well designed and would fit in with the surrounding area. The inspector also disagreed with the council that there would be any harm to a conservation area over the rear boundary of the site.
The appeal was allowed and planning permission was granted. If your local council has refused permission for your dream extensions, contact us for some advice.