One appeal dismissed in Purley Downs Road
28/05/2015 14:17:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
I am delighted to report that I have just received notification that the appeal on 105 Purley Downs Road has been dismissed, following the council's refusal of planning permission earlier this year. This is the first of two appeals for identical blocks to be constructed on adjoining plots in place of large detached houses. The appeal for 107 is still under consideration, although given the rejection of the first it is hard to see how the second plot's apppeal can succeed (but never say never, when it comes to planning.....)
The grounds for refusal were that the building would be unduly bulky and dominant, and would erode the locality's existing spacious character. Concerns were also sustained about the proposed use of conifers at the back of the plot to maintain the privacy of neighbours in Hill Barn. The Inspector makes specific reference to the non-protected nature of the trees and the fact that the developer could simply remove them at will. It is a rare pleasure to see an Inspector take such an obviously sensible approach to these things!
The objections to 105 which the inspector has upheld apply equally to the identical application for 107, which would involve the demolition of the existing character building. Accordingly, I am hopeful that we will soon get some good news on this one as well. This one went in later, which is why it was not determined at the same time. I did, however, make representations to the Inspector both in support of the council's refusal of permission on this application, but also making the point that the two sites could not really be treated in isolation - and should each be determned in the context of the other.
You can read the full decision using the link on the web page here.