Private Dwelling, Bonks Hill, Sawbridgeworth, East Hertfordshire
Client: Private Individual
LPA: East Hertfordshire District Council
Services: Planning Consultancy
Having previously had an Appeal refused for a two storey rear extension due to its impact on the Greenbelt in which the site was located, the client proposed a single storey side extension and rear two storey extension under Permitted Development rights. However, the initial pre application response from the Council to this proposed approach was negative as Officers considered that the proposed rear two storey extension failed the requirement for the eaves height to be no higher than the eaves height of the existing building. The debate was in respect of the height of the existing eaves which related to the construction of the building and the existence (or not) of dormers as eaves associated with dormers cannot be considered as part of the Permitted Development rights conditions.
Subsequently, we submitted a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use or development (CLOPUD) to argue that the proposals benefited from permitted development under Schedule 2 of Part 1, Class A, Schedule 2, Part 1, Class B of the General Development Permitted (General Development) (England) Order 2015 (GDP). On this basis, Officers agreed that the ‘dormers’ were in fact gables forming part of the rear wall itself rather than constructed as part of the roofslope.
Subsequently, despite the initial pre-application advice from the Council, the proposed Lawful Development Certificate was approved and issued allowing the client to secure their extensions under Permitted Development rights.
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