Midlothian Homeowner Wins Appeal to Add Dormer Windows

A Midlothian cottage owner's appeal to add dormer windows was approved by the Local Review Body, overturning the initial refusal by planning officers. The decision was made after the owner presented photographs of similar extensions in the neighborhood, demonstrating the design's compatibility.

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Midlothian Homeowner Wins Appeal to Add Dormer Windows

Midlothian Homeowner Wins Appeal to Add Dormer Windows

A owner, wins, appeal in Easthouses, Midlothian, has successfully appealed to the Midlothian Council's Local Review Body to add dormer windows to their cottage on Leighton Crescent, despite initial refusal by planning officers. The homeowner submitted photographs of neighboring houses with similar dormer windows to support their appeal.

Why this matters: This decision highlights the importance of community involvement in local planning decisions, as it demonstrates that residents can effectively challenge and overturn initial refusals. It also underscores the need for planning officers to consider the character of the neighborhood and existing extensions when making assessments.

Planning officers had initially refused permission, citing that the proposed dormer windows would be too big and "unsympathetic" to the neighborhood. The planning officers' refusal stated that the front dormer window proposal "would appear as an unduly dominant feature at roof level, the design of which is unsympathetic to and would detract from the form of the roof of the building."

However, the agent for the applicant, Stephen Lothian, argued that the design fits in with planning guidance and existing extensions in the area. "We feel very strongly that the design fits in with the planning guidance and what has been built already in the area," said Lothian at the Local Review Body meeting, where the councillors reviewed the appeal and made their decision.

The councillors on the Local Review Body unanimously overturned the planning officers' decision, granting permission for the dormer windows. Councillor Colin Cassidy stated, "I don't think it is going to detract at all from what is already there. It is not exactly of strong historical interest or anything, or a conservation area. It is a mish mash of different extensions and dormers." Councillor Kelly Drummond added, "I do not think it is particularly offensive."

The successful appeal allows the Midlothian homeowner to proceed with adding the dormer windows to their cottage on Leighton Crescent in Easthouses. The decision by the Local Review Body demonstrates that while planning officers' assessments guide the process, councillors have the authority to overturn refusals when they deem the proposed changes to be in keeping with the character of the neighborhood.

Key Takeaways

  • Midlothian cottage owner wins appeal to add dormer windows despite initial refusal.
  • Homeowner submitted photos of similar neighboring houses to support appeal.
  • Planning officers initially refused due to concerns about window size and design.
  • Councillors overturned refusal, citing that design fits with local planning guidance.
  • Decision highlights importance of community involvement in local planning decisions.