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Appeal: Roof terrace and solar panels ‘detrimental to conservation area’


Permission has been refused for a third-floor infill roof extension, roof terrace and solar panels at a property in Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey, after an inspector found that the proposed changes would unacceptably affect the appearance of the St Matthias Conservation Area (SMCA).

Inspector R M Barrett noted that the appeal property is identified as a Building of Townscape Merit within the SMCA, which “contributes to the general cohesion” of the areas Victorian street frontage.Barrett found that the “hit-and-miss timber screening with perimeter planting” proposed would, owing to its size, “fail to relate appropriately to the host property” and would lead neighbouring........
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