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Two Storey Extension and Use of Garage as Ancillary Accommodation

Bloomfields were commissioned to assist the owners of the property to obtain planning permission for a two storey rear extension to their house, which was formerly a semi-detached pair and to enable them to use the garage and workshops as ancillary accommodation. The dwelling was suffering from structural issues, meaning that the extension would also need to improve the roof supports to the main property.

The application site is within a highly constrained location, being within a rural settlement, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Metropolitan Green Belt, and opposite a Listed Building.

A robust case was presented to the Council, detailing the proposals. The cumulative increase from the original dwelling slightly exceeded adopted planning policy requirements, although it was demonstrated how the character of the dwelling was being protected, through the sympathetic design of the extension and also through the wider structural benefits to the building.

The former owners of the site were previously granted planning permission for the garage and workshop to be used as ancillary accommodation to the main dwelling, although this was subject to stringent conditions. A case was made that the condition restricting this use to the “applicant” did not meet the statutory tests of conditions and planning permission was granted for the proposals.