Description of application – Erection of a two-storey side and rear extension; single storey rear extension; loft conversion with side dormer and rear gable end window; removal and replacement of existing car port with single storey linked garage.
The Principal Planner – Major Developments reported that further comments in objection to the application had been received and circulated to Members.
Oral representations in support of the application were received at the meeting. The agent gave the following response to Members’ questions:
· If permission were to be granted, the applicants would accept the removal of PD rights (Class A and B). The applicants would also be happy for a condition to be added relating to the use of swift nest bricks.
· The extensions proposed were compliant with the Council’s side space policy. This required a 1m gap to be preserved and both the single and two storey extensions would be set away from the boundary.
Oral representations from visiting Ward Member Councillor Alexa Michael in support of the application were also received at the meeting. Councillor Michael said that initially she had been nervous about the impact of this planning application on the neighbouring property, hence it being called in. However, having seen the site from both the applicant and objector, it was understood that the pitched roof garage behind 17 Coney Hill Road would be knocked down, which was currently situated on the boundary with number 15. The proposed extensions would not come back as far as the existing garage and would also be stepped away from the boundary. The report stated that the application was a modest development that would not overwhelm the host property, and the two-storey side extension would have a side space gap of 1.3m between the property and the northern side boundary at number 15. It was considered that the roof design would complement the host dwelling and suitable materials would be used. It was noted that a similar application had been granted at number 5 Coney Hill Road. Councillor Michael said she would be happy if Members chose to support the application and agreed with the suggestion of the additional conditions previously mentioned.
Members having considered the report, representations and objections, RESOLVED that PERMISSION BE GRANTED as recommended, subject to the conditions set out in the report of the Assistant Director, Planning with the addition of further conditions to read:-
5. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (or any order amending, revoking and re-enacting this Order) no development permitted by Class A and B of Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Order to enlarge the dwellinghouse shall be carried out.
Reason: In the interests of protecting the character of the area and residential amenity of neighbouring properties in accordance with Policy 37 of the Bromley Local Plan
6. The two-storey side and rear extension shall be constructed to include an integral swift nest brick (i) in the first or second row from the top of externally facing bricks, (ii) on the northern elevation and (iii) at least 4.5 metres away from the first-floor window.
Reason: In the interest of a net gain of biodiversity and to comply with Policies 37, 70 and 79 of the Local Plan and Policy of the G6 London Plan.