3 TYNE ROAD 14/05476/F

Following the minor revisions to the application of 2 March, we have updated our comments as below :


The Bishopston Society is very concerned about this application for a 4 Bedroom (3 bedrooms plus a study) 2 storey family house within the rear garden of 13 Tyne Road and accessed by means of a narrow rear lane which to date has served only garages. Our concerns are as follows;

1.    The site currently has 4 garages which are set back from the lane by approximately 2m to allow cars to manoeuvre in and out of the garages. The proposed dwelling has been positioned tight to the lane. We do not consider that this will allow sufficient space to get in and out of the single parking space (or for that matter the existing garages directly opposite) and will inevitably lead to congestion within the lane.

2     The lane is too narrow to support residential development and the statutory refuse and emergency access which would be required.

3.    The proposed dwelling has a garden area of approx. 8m x 5m which, although larger than the earlier proposal, is still very small for a 4 bed family house.

4.    The dwelling is 2 storeys high which would be a major intrusion within the rear garden area overlooked and enjoyed by so many other houses. Whilst the height of the roof above the living room has been reduced, when we analyse the plan layout we see that the upper level provides only one bedroom; the remaining volume is a large void over the staircase and two others over the bathroom and the utility. In short, there is no justification for the house to be 2 storeys high, in a backland area of garages and rear gardens.

5.    The roof is said to project out to protect the living room glazing from the summer sun. In fact the angle and level of the roof is such that it will have no beneficial effect. This overhang only serves to make the house appear even larger and more domineering.

6.    The design and form of the house is alien to the neighbourhood.

7.    This application sets a very bad precedent for future garden grabbing developments within the area. The greenery and wildlife which exists within these collective rear garden areas is so much part of the character of Bishopston and should be protected. This development would cause the loss of privacy within all of the adjacent gardens.

We strongly recommend refusal.

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