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08/08/2017

Appeal: 'Orangery' extension would harm 14th-century cottage

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An inspector has refused permission for a hardwood conservatory extension to a semi-detached cottage despite a similar scheme being approved for the building's other half in 2008, ruling that it would cause unacceptable harm to the building's historic fabric.

The appeal relates to a thatched cottage in Hailsham, East Sussex, with an unusual history. The building existed as early as the 14th century on a different site, and was moved to its current location in the early 18th century. It is now in use as two semi-detached homes. Its architectural significance, according to Inspector S J Papworth, lies in its thatched roof and its overall form.

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