We are delighted to have secured planning permission with Tice and Co Architects
for a single storey rear extension to replace an existing smaller extension. Leeds City Council refused planning permission on the basis of its impact on the neighbours without visiting the site and undertaking a full and proper planning assessment. The Council's case officer rigidly applied a ‘rule of thumb’ guideline for setting extensions from the shared boundary, but this was not explicitly set out in the Councils Household Design Guide. In addition, the Council misinterpreted distances shown on submitted layout plans.
In upholding the appeal the Planning Inspector granted an Award of Costs to the client. The Inspector was of the opinion that the Local Planning Authority refused a scheme which was clearly approvable and the lack of a site visit was a significant contributor to the refusal. He therefore considered that the Local Planning Authority has acted unreasonably in this respect.