‘Inoffensive’ windows get green light despite planning concerns

Monday September 25th 2023

dewarton house dormer windows

Partial house sits on site of planned new homes on the edge of Dewarton.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Calls for the rear windows of two new homes to be clad in slate to blend in have been dismissed after councillors ruled the original plans were ‘not offensive’.

Applicant William Sives had challenged a condition imposed by planners that his original plans to render the windows were replaced with cladding, to make sure they did not stand out in the design.

Mr Sives was granted approval for the new single storey houses by Midlothian Council but with the condition he changed the material at the rear.

Planners said the change was needed because “the use of render on the dormer cheeks and face would not integrate the dormers into the roof space”.

Mr Sives appealed to the council’s Local Review Body to remove the condition pointing out the windows faced out onto open fields, not the main road.

And he said an original application for the houses in 2019 was approved with no issues over the rendering of the dormers raised.

A meeting of the review body today saw local ward councillor Peter Smaill urge members to back the appeal after a site visit had been carried out.

Councillor Smaill said: “I do not find the rear dormers offence, they are facing backwards from the road. I do not see any problem with them.”

Mr Smaill put forward a motion upholding the appeal which was seconded by Councillor David Virgo.

The review body unanimously agreed to uphold the appeal and have the condition changing the materials used removed.

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