DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have had an appeal allowed for a householder extension in Shenley, Hertsmere (The Council).
The scheme involved a proposed side/rear extension to a property in a line of similar houses washed over by the Green Belt, where a degree of separation was retained between plots. The proportions of the proposed extension were minimal in respect to the material increase in floor space and volume of the existing property and were not deemed to be disproportionate. Nevertheless, the Council refused the application on the grounds of the loss of openness and the impact upon character, as a result to the visual impact upon the view through the carport.
DLP provided a robust statement of case establishing that the proposal was by definition appropriate development within the Green Belt, by virtue of it being proportionate to the main dwelling. Furthermore, it was argued that the Council’s reliance on the importance of the “traditional rural vernacular” was out of context with the nature and scale of the development proposed and that the proposal would not be harmful in respect of the Green Belt or local character.
The Inspector in his conclusion agreed, stating “the reduction in openness would be slight; and I am not persuaded that the proposed extension would be unduly harmful to the openness of the Green Belt and its surroundings, or the character or appearance of the development”.