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Appeal: Townhouse restoration outweighs loss of housing despite marginal supply

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The merging of two flats in a listed Chelsea townhouse by reinstating a staircase between them has been allowed after an inspector ruled that the benefit of restoring the building’s historic layout outweighed the loss of separate housing units.

The four-storey, mid-19th century townhouse in south-west London was listed alongside neighbouring buildings for its historic architectural value in 1969, and has been converted into a number of flats. The proposal sought permission to install a staircase between the two flats on the ground and lower-ground floors in order to merge them into one unit, as well as various other internal alteratio.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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