Topsham house appeal dismissed

AN appeal against the refusal of permission for an extension to a Topsham house was dismissed by the planning Inspectorate.

AN appeal against the refusal of permission for an extension to a Topsham house was dismissed by the planning Inspectorate.

The appeal concerned 46 High Street and their proposal to raise the roof and install a rear dormer window.

The main issue was considered to be whether the proposed development would preserve the character of the Topsham Conservation Area.

The Inspector said that the appeal property was a Building of Local Importance within the Conservation Area.


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The report said that, taken as a whole, the proposed development would have a negative effect on the locally distinctive form and proportions of the existing building.

He also said he saw no fundamental reason why the building could not be renovated to an acceptable standard by a more sympathetically designed scheme of works.

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The Inspector shared some of Exeter City Council's concern about the potential for overlooking of the adjacent properties to the north from the proposed dormer window.

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