Family home refusal overuled

A DECISION to refuse permission to build a new house in place of a fire-damaged car port has been overturned by a planning inspector.

Horsham District Council planning committee refused permission for the a fire damaged car port and conservatory at 28 Wimblehurst Road, Horsham to be demolished and replaced by a three bedroom house.

In her application Zoe Harris also sought permission to add a single storey extension to the house already on the site.

Councillors were concerned about the effect of the property could have on the character of the Conservation Area of Victorian and Edwardian homes, and also how it could impact on neighbours’ privacy.

But, following a site visit, planning inspector John Millard said: “Overall, I am satisfied that the proposed new dwelling would not appear out of place within its surroundings but would sit comfortably between its established neighbours.”

He granted permission subject to Mrs Harris meeting several conditions, including submitting plans showing areas to store rubbish bins and bicycles, ensuring certain windows are obscure glazed to protect the privacy of neighbours and adhering to restricted hours for construction work on the site.