‘Inoffensive’ dormer windows get go ahead on appeal

Tuesday May 14th 2024


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

The owner of a cottage in Easthouses has won the right to add dormer windows after producing pictures of neighbouring homes with the same extensions.

Midlothian planning officers refused to grant permission for the dormers at the house on Leighton Crescent, ruling they would be too big and ‘unsympathetic’ to the neighbourhood.

Agent for the applicant Stephen Lothian said in an appeal to the council’s Local Review Body that the planned extension had been designed after looking at other properties surrounding the house and their dormers.

He said: “We feel very strongly that the design fits in with the planning guidance and what has been built already in the area.”

And he submitted photographs of their dormer windows which could be seen from the applicant’s home and street.

During today’s review body meeting Councillor Colin Cassidy said he could see no problem with the proposed dormer windows.

He said: “I don’t think it is going to detract at all from the 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.”

And fellow councillor Kelly Drummond agreed adding: “I do not think it is particularly offensive.”

Planning officers had refused planning permission saying 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.”

The review body unanimously overturned the decision of planning officers granting permission for the dormer windows.

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