Roof with a view: Tetlow King secure rooftop balustrades consent in Conservation Area

December 19, 2018 4:08 pm Published by

Tetlow King Planning (TKP) is delighted to have secured planning permission for balustrades on a rooftop terrace in a Conservation Area, adjacent to a Grade II* Listed Church, in Weston-Super-Mare following an earlier refusal.

The applicant had been refused permission in September 2018 for a proposal to widen the existing roof access and to install a glass balustrade around all the exposed elevations. The three storey Victorian property is on a prominent corner within a Conservation Area and faces a Grade II* Listed church. It was the Council’s concern that the works would be out of keeping with the house and be visually intrusive in the street scene and in the setting of the Listed church that led to the sole reason for refusal.

Stephen Matthews of SJ Surveyors Ltd. invited TKP Director James Stacey to visit the property and assess the potential to obtain permission. James recommended repositioning the balustrade away from the front elevation to reduce visibility, and engaged Cotswold Archaeology to review the heritage impact. This review produced a comprehensive and thorough rebuttal of the Council’s reason for refusal, indicating negligible impact and highlighting precedents in the area. Their work also uncovered an old planning permission not detailed on the online record.

A review on microfiche revealed that a retrospective 1992 application for a dormer window had approved works to install 1m high protective metal railings on the rooftop, with a single condition requiring approval of the materials yet to be discharged.

TKP simultaneously submitted 2 applications and an appeal comprising; a revised full application with Cotswold Archaeology’s heritage statement, an appeal against the refused scheme, and an application to discharge the 1992 condition. North Somerset Council subsequently were persuaded that the revised scheme around only two elevations, with high quality glass balustrades, would be less prominent than the alternative permitted by the 1992 scheme and granted planning permission.

Tetlow King Director, James Stacey, said:

“In the face of a refused application it was necessary to submit both the appeal and the discharge of condition application to ensure maximum consideration was given to the more appropriately designed and revised scheme. We are delighted the Council accepted the revised proposal enabling the householder to enjoy the spectacular views from the rooftop terrace”.

TKP also wish to thank SJ Surveyors and Cotswold Archaeology for all their work in achieving this consent.