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Beverley planning appeal rejected

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal by Mr James Walker against East Riding Council’s rejection of proposals to build an additional bungalow in Cavendish Drive, Beverley, by demolishing an existing garage belonging to a neighbouring property. The scheme had been opposed by residents living in what is described as “a quiet cul-de-sac”.

Planning inspector Jason Whitfield ruled that “the proposal would have a harmful effect on the character and appearance of the area”.

He ruled: “I note the sustainable location of the appeal site and the contribution the proposal would make towards boosting the supply of housing in the area. However, the harm that would arise to the character and appearance of the area would outweigh the relatively modest benefits of the scheme.”

The written adjudication, which Beverley FM received a copy of, stated: “The appeal relates to a single storey, semi-detached property set back from the road. There is a detached garage to the side which appears as a subservient element of built form. The property has a large garden which extends around the rear and side. The set back of the property, its large plot and its open, attractively landscaped front garden contributes positively to the character of the street scene.”

It continued: “It is proposed to demolish the existing garage and erect a single storey, detached dwelling to the side. The proposed dwelling would be considerably larger than the existing garage and thus would not appear subservient. Moreover, whilst the dwelling would have a ridge height consistent with the existing property, it would nevertheless occupy a considerable proportion of its overall plot with little front garden and narrow gaps either side. As a result, the dwelling would appear unduly cramped, in stark contrast to the prevailing character of the area.

“Furthermore, the proposal would significantly reduce the garden area of the existing property. This would harm the established open and spacious character of the street scene. The proposal would also result in loss of most of the landscaping to the front of 5 Cavendish Drive and the provision of two parking spaces directly to the front of the property. In addition, a long driveway would be provided to the front of the proposed dwelling. This would reduce the important contribution of the open, landscaped front garden towards the character of the area.”