Application:
January 2017 – 17/00191
Title:
20 to 24 Braywick Road. Outline application for the erection of 7 x 2 storey dwellings with access, parking and amenity space following demolition of existing dwellings.
Earlier this month we commented on the application 16/03948 to construct 8 new dwellings on this site. This followed previous comments on 16/02349 in August 2016. This application reduces the number of dwellings for the first time - from 8 to 7 - and is therefore a step in the right direction. It is noticeable how much more spacious the development appears across the rear of the site, where the number of detached houses has been reduced from 4 to 3. If a further reduction of plots shown as 2/3/4 from three dwellings to two was to follow, it may be possible that a total of six houses was an acceptable compromise. This would still represent a total of 24 bedrooms over the development, with the ensuing increase in vehicular movement onto a busy section of the A 308. However, it would get away from the absolute maximisation of the site by not squeezing in an unacceptable number of houses which is both visually intrusive and un-neighbourly.
Application:
January 2017 – 17/00117
Title:
Elizabeth House, 12 Craufurd Rise. Construction of a side/rear extension and excavation of part of the rear of the site to create one dwelling unit.
We previously commented on the original proposals to convert this large semi detached house to multiple residential units. The application was permitted - including the construction of a number of new dwelling units across the back of the site. Many of the resultant units are small and densely situated - with little or no outdoor amenity space. We can see little merit in adding yet another dwelling unit to an already overdeveloped site. The sub basement situation and poor aspect will generate a poor quality one bedroom flat. It is difficult to calculate the area of the unit from the plans, and it not clear that the size exceeds the Nationally Described Standard of 58 square metres for a 2-person / 1-bedroom flat on two storeys.
Application:
January 2017 – 17/00099
Title:
Land to Rear of 15 Furze Platt Road. Erection of a dwelling (accessed from Camden Road), parking, refuse and cycle storage.
This is a perfectly reasonable proposal to develop a vacant plot fronting Camden Road which is to the rear of 15 Furze Platt Road. However, we are disappointed that the Design and Access Statement erroneously states in Para. 2.7 that the site is not in a Conservation Area. This location lies within the Furze Platt Triangle Conservation Area and the application should address the requirement to enhance and reflect the character of the locality. Whilst the submitted elevations for this new build dwelling are accepted as traditional, we believe that the Conservation Area issue should have been addressed in the Design and Access Statement.
Application:
January 2017 – 17/00092
Title:
96 Badger Close. Detached outbuilding to provide an annexe.
This application highlights the need for a planning policy relating to the construction of residential annexes in rear gardens. Rather than an annexe, this proposal is for a substantial 1-bed cottage to the rear of the host property. It has utilities laid on - electricity, water and drainage - it even has a kitchen. The dwelling has been positioned to the extreme back of the garden, with clearance of about half a metre from the boundary on three sides. Because of this location it is necessary to take down two trees. If it was positioned further up the garden, the structure would have the trees remaining to improve the setting. Neighbouring houses and gardens lose the visual benefit of the trees and have close proximity to the annexe at the back of their gardens. There is no commentary with this application, so the intentions for the new structure are not evident. It could operate as a separate dwelling, but this would require provision of amenity space and parking. If it is to serve as an annexe, then any planning permission should have a condition stipulating that it may only be used as ancillary accommodation to the main house. Furthermore, it should not be let to tenants because of the lack of parking provision and any amenity space. Such conditions should remain in perpetuity, and not subject to subsequent relaxation.