A controversial dormer must be dismantled at a Victorian terrace in Handbridge after a planning inspector upheld the council’s decision to reject the extension described by neighbours as ‘a carbuncle’.
However, inspector John Braithwaite did allow the two skylights at the front of the 1884 Overleigh Road property.
In his judgement, the inspector confirmed the house was situated within a conservation area and also subject to an Article 4 Direction meaning planning consent is required even for minor changes.
Mr Braithwaite stated: “The contrast with the other dwellings in the terrace is obvious and seriously harmful to the character and appearance of the terrace.”
But he added: “The skylights at the front of the property do not harm the character and appearance of the Handbridge Conservation Area whereas the dormer at the rear is seriously harmful to the character and appearance of the same area.”
Simon Dangar, from Farndon, who owns one of the next door properties which he rents out, is pleased with the news.
He said: “Everyone I have spoken to – neighbours, friends and family have said it’s so out of character, which is borne out by the judgement.”
Mr Dangar has no real issue with the skylights as they are ‘flush’ to the roof.
Last December a retrospective planning application to enlarge an existing ground floor rear extension at the property was granted permission by CWaC, which he admits ‘looks nice’.
The Chronicle has asked homeowners Andy and Debbie Dear if they wish to comment but is still awaiting a response.
Their adviser, Paul Doughty, senior partner at Wirral-based SDA Architecture & Surveying, has previously told The Chronicle advice had been given by the planning department over the telephone that planning consent was not required but this was never confirmed in writing.
He explained: “We and Mr and Mrs Dear have not set out to recklessly put up a dormer to upset everybody. It’s been a miscommunication through ourselves and the planning department.”