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Extension in Sidmouth Road appeal rejected
2:30pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
A PLANNING inspector has dismissed an appeal for an extension and dormer window at a Lyme Regis property.
Mr and Mrs C Jackson appealed against West Dorset District Council’s refusal to allow them to extend their bungalow called Suva in Sidmouth Road.
Government inspector Andrew Pykett backed district planners, who said the development would harm the character and appearance of the surrounding area.
Mr and Mrs Jackson applied for an extension and dormer window to provide two extra bedrooms with extensive views over the sea.
It would have mirrored a first-floor extension on the opposite end of the bungalow, which was given planning permission in 2005.
Mr Pykett said he acknowledged that the extension would balance out the building and obscure the existing flat roof.
“However, I fear its existence would also diminish the view between Suva and its neighbour in Ware Lane,” he said.
The inspector said he agrees with the council that the development would increase the scale and impact of the building on its surroundings.
He concluded: “The development would have a harmful effect on the character and appearance of the conservation area.”