Appeal on the refusal of planning permission to extend a converted oast
A planning appeal against Ashford Borough Council’s refusal of permission for minor extensions to Burscombe Oast, Egerton.
The aim of the scheme was to improve the internal layout of this residential property to assist its functioning as an independent dwelling. This involved reorganising internal areas and minor extensions and alterations. This was an unusual case in that the oast was converted from agricultural use, rebuilt and extended in 1971 for ancillary use as changing rooms and a pool house. It was later adapted and extended for use as a granny annexe before being converted to an independent dwelling.
Planning permission had been refused for the extension on the basis that the extensions would unacceptably alter the design and form of a former agricultural building. The extensions were considered unsympathetic and incongruous by the Council.
Hobbs Parker Property Consultants advised Cyma Architects on the prospects at appeal and prepared a written representations appeal, closely with Cyma as they had designed the conversion scheme and submitted the application.
The appeal was allowed and planning permission granted. The Inspector noted that the agricultural setting had already been compromised, the positive outcomes of the scheme outweighed the limited conflict with Development Plan policies and the character and appearance of the building would not be compromised.