An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of planning permission for alterations and extension of garage at ground and first floor levels to form a two bedroom detached house and erection of a detached garage at 51 Christian Fields; application no. 16/00268/P.
The Council refused the applications for the following reason:
‘The proposal would constitute a cramped and unsatisfactory form of backland development out of keeping with the character of the locality with inadequate private
amenity space for future occupiers and would thereby conflict with Policies UD2, UD3, UD8, H2 and H5 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (The Croydon Plan 2006) Saved Policies 2013; Policies 7.4 and 7.6 of the London Plan 2011 (consolidated with alterations); and Policy SP4.1 of the Croydon Local Plan: Strategic Policies 2013.’
The appeal is to be decided on the basis of an exchange of written statements by the parties and a site visit by an Inspector.
Any comments already made following the original application for planning permission are being forwarded to the Inspectorate, copied to the appellant and will be taken into account by the Inspector in deciding the appeal.
Comments can be submitted by 28 October on www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or to Alison Kendall, Case Officer – The Planning Inspectorate, 3/05a Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the appeal reference number given above. You must send 3 copies.
The Appellant’s grounds of appeal on the Public Access Planning Register on the Council website at
states ‘A look at the street scene and block plan will show that the new dwelling fronts Covington road and because of the layout of the house adjacent to the new house, with considerable space on either of it is not the least cramped. It is hardly the typical backland development.
The width of the new dwelling compares favourably with other houses in Covington Way and the proposed dwelling will fit in well with the existing properties.
The rear garden has an area of 18 sq. m. which for a 3 bed space dwelling is reasonable; there is also considerable enclosed and gated space at the side and front of the dwelling available for occupants of the new dwelling. A small additional enclosed space is provided for bike and refuse storage. The LPA have commented that the garden is totally enclosed, this was to provide privacy and security for the occupiers. The enclosure is wooden fencing whose height can be reduced by any future occupants if so desired.’
If you do submit comments to the Inspector please copy also to the Love Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.