This application was being reported to the Planning Committee as the applicant was an employee at Redditch Borough Council. As such the application fell outside the scheme of delegation to Officers.
Officers presented the report and in doing so drew Members’ attention to the presentation slides on pages 1-16 of the Site Plans and Presentations pack.
The application sought planning permission for a single storey rear ground floor extension and internal alterations. The proposal involved removing the existing conservatory and replacing it with a single storey extension to accommodate a larger kitchen, a shower room, a utility and a study on the ground floor. The proposal also consisted of internal alterations to the property, converting an existing bedroom on the first floor.
Officers drew Members’ attention to the various images on the presentation slides and noted the changes to both the ground and second floor of the property.
The proposed extension would project 4.0m from the rear of the dwelling and would have a width of that of the existing dwelling, a height of 3m from the floor level and 4.3m from the rear garden level. The proposed extension would have a flat roof with one roof light, a small side window, a door opening onto the terrace with steps leading down to the garden and one rear window. A larger window would also be added to the side of the existing dwelling, to replace a smaller existing window.
Officers also highlighted that the existing conservatory would be removed to accommodate the extension and steps would be added leading down to the garden due to the sloped nature of the property, as shown on page 15 of the Site Plans and Presentations pack.
Members were further informed that the existing property had a brick work finish, whereas the proposed finish to this proposed extension would be rendered. Para. 3.1.5 of the SPD states that extensions should complement the original property and thus matching bricks, roof tiles or other facing materials in form, colour and texture should be used. However, the applicant’s agent had justified the use of render, as detailed on page 6 of the main agenda report.
Officers undertook a site visit on 1st March 2022, and it was identified that several other properties down Parsons Road hadrender that was visible in the street scene. Therefore, in this instance it was deemed that the proposed use of render as a finish to the extension was considered acceptable.
In conclusion Officers felt that the proposal was considered acceptable as the design, scale and appearance were all sympathetic to the main house and the street scene of Parsons Road. Officers recommended that the application be approved.
It was noted that no representations had been made regarding the proposal.
Members then considered the application.
Members felt that it was a very straightforward application and had noted that the application had been brought before the Planning Committee as the applicant was an employee of the Council.
All Members were in agreement with the Officer’s recommendation.
Planning permission be granted subject to the Conditions and Informatives, as detailed on page 7 of the main agenda report.