28 RADNOR ROAD 14/05616/F

We are writing with further comments following the late issue of revised design proposals.

The proposals have been adjusted to avoid the large number of window openings in the party wall onto the adjacent site which were in clear contravention to the Building Regulations. The side extension is still very bulky and there are still two small windows on the boundary wall line which are now partly screened by permanent louvres in order to reduce overlooking of the adjacent property. One of these serves a kitchen and the other a living room. This living room will suffer from inadequate daylighting and outlook and will have an unacceptable internal environment.

Many bedrooms on the scheme and even the living room to Flat 03 rely on only Velux windows at ceiling level and thus have no outlook. This is unacceptable. With regard to the internal planning of the flats, it has to be said that many have small long/ thin living rooms which are unsuitable. Often the bedrooms are larger and a more usable proportion than the living rooms and one would suggest that they might usefully be swapped over.

Overall, the proposal is still far too intensive on the site with inadequate amenity space and is certain to cause problems with parking, on site waste management and transient tenants.

This proposal is an unwelcome precedent in the area. Furthermore, we would question why 19 houses locally are not on the notification list and have consequently not been asked to make their comments on this application which will have a significant negative impact on the area.

We recommend refusal.

The application above will be considered by the Development Control Committee A at its meeting on Wednesday 25 February 2015.  The meeting will take place in Waterside 3, Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside BS1 5TX starting at 2.00pm, although it is not possible to say when the case will be considered.

This committee may be webcast.  Please go to the City Council website to find out more.

From the Wednesday before the committee date, a copy of the officer’s report and recommendation can be viewed with the planning application documents.

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