A third design for a controversial dormer on a house in Handbridge has been rejected by the planning authority.
Homeowners Andy and Debbie Dear had been looking forward to living in their dream Victorian terraced home in Overleigh Road but wanted to create more space.
Their consultant at the time claimed the rear dormer got built based on a misunderstanding that planning permission wasn’t required.
But the property, which dates from 1884, is within a conservation area and covered by an Article 4 Direction meaning planning consent is required even for minor changes.
Now three designs, including the latest ‘cat slide’ style dormer, have been refused by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) following retrospective applications. However, skylights on the front-facing roof were allowed on appeal.
Fiona Hore, CWaC's senior manager, planning and strategic transport, said in the decision notice to refuse the scheme: “The proposed ‘cat slide’ dormer would, by reason of its design and siting, be out of keeping with the character of the existing dwelling and the row of terraced dwellings.
“As a result, the proposed development would detract from both the character of the original dwellings and the regularity and uniformity of the roofline, and although it would cause less than significant harm to that of the designated heritage asset, the harm is not outweighed by any public benefits.”
A council spokesman confirmed: “The latest application, 17/04094/FUL was refused on 10 November 2017. An appeal by the applicant must be made within 12 weeks of the date on the decision notice to the Planning Inspectorate. There has been no notification of an appeal from the Planning Inspectorate at this stage.”
The Chronicle approached the applicants to find out if they had reached the end of the process or intended to appeal for a third time, but Mrs Dear did not wish to comment.
The saga of the dormer has sparked a heated debate among the public with both supporters and detractors.