The Bishopston Society is extremely concerned about this application for a large and ungainly roof extension at 1 BERKSHIRE ROAD   (Planning application ref:15/03359/CP)

The proposal is to create an additional floor with one huge bedroom with a large en-suite, in all the size of a small flat. The rear elevation comprises of an uncomfortable double dormer very nearly the width of the house. This dormer is then fully glazed and overlooking the rear gardens of adjacent properties. The whole design shows no awareness of the form of the house and its roofscape. We consider the proposal to be insensitive in the extreme and gross overdevelopment.                                               We recommend refusal.

Update -The Bishopston Society secretary received the following letter on August 17th from the Planning Department concerning our objection: 

From: Nicos Kalopsidiotis-Taylor

I write in response to your objection on behalf of the Bishopston Society, regarding the application at 1 Berkshire Road red 15/03359/CP.

The application was recommended for approval by Callum Coyne who has since left the planning office and has been agreed by his line manager. Whilst objections are not normally considered for certificate of lawfulness applications, I thought it only appropriate to reply in this case.

The applicant at 1 Berkshire Road has applied for a certificate of lawfulness. This is different from a normal householder application which would be determined on its planning merits by an planning officer. Instead, certificate of lawfulness applications are determined regarding their conformity with the General Permitted Development Order (GDPO). This document sets out the limitations of what development can be done without the need for planning permission. The council will simply review the application making sure that the proposal conforms to the GDPO.

In this case, the only real issue would be the cubic content of the proposed dormers. The maximum additional content that you can add to a semi-detached building without the need for planning permission is 50 cubic metres. Given that the cubic content of the proposed dormer windows falls below this threshold whilst meeting other criterial of the GDPO, the planning office must approve the certificate of lawfulness.

Yours Sincerely,

Nicos Kalopsidiotis-Taylor, Planning Case Officer

North Area Planning Team

The Bishopston Society then replied to this letter from Mr Kalopsidiotis-Taylor as follows:

Dear Mr Kalopsidiotis-Taylor,

1 BERKSHIRE ROAD   15/03358/CP

Further to your email (above) in response to our comments on this certificate of lawfulness application, we confirm our dismay that national planning policy allows such a dominant and incongruous addition to the roof of a period property without the requirement for full planning permission.  This might be one area of policy, along with the lack of permitted development guidance in the case of roof extensions to houses where the roof is at 90 degrees to the highway, where national planning policy is in need of review.

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