A character cottage at Bepton can be bulldozed and replaced by a two-storey modern house, a planning inspector has decided.
The plan for Warren Cottage – known locally as the ‘pink cottage’ – at the northern edge of Severals Road, Bepton, was refused by Chichester District Council in June last year.
One of the reasons, the council said, was the loss of the ‘modestly-proportioned vernacular dwelling.’
But the inspector who conducted the appeal by owner Paul Joyce said in his report he noted English Heritage had indicated in the past that the building was too altered to be recommended for statutory listing.
The proposal he was considering included re-siting the new house more centrally within its plot. It would occupy a larger footprint than the existing cottage, have a higher ridge line to its roof, and would consequently have an increased volume and mass, the inspector said.
However, its actual site coverage would be more compact and would not be out of keeping with nearby properties.
The inspector said a policy of the Chichester District Local Plan accepted the principle of redevelopment and a ‘one for one replacement of permanent dwelling houses’ in rural areas where the form and design of new development would not detract from the rural character and appearance of the area.
“The design of the house itself takes elements from the local area and would not be out of place in this setting, with the roof design in particular utilising extended hips to side elevations, varied eaves lines and hipped dormers to reduce its prominence,” the inspector says.
“Overall in this context the proposed house would suitably relate to the site and not appear out of scale, unduly bulky, or as an overly prominent development.”
A single-storey detached garage would be located on the site of the existing cottage and would provide ‘a visually important end stop to development on this side of Severals Road’, as the cottage does now.
“I conclude that the appeal should be allowed subject to a number of conditions,” the inspector ruled.
He granted planning permission for the replacement dwelling and listed a serious of 11 conditions to be attached to the permit.
They include a condition limiting extensions and alterations. The inspector said he considered this was required ‘to ensure the integrity of the revised design is not compromised’.
Other conditions have been imposed on the ‘uncontrolled’ introduction of large outbuildings or fencing, and the protection of trees which are to be retained.