On the corner

On a housing estate the layout and spaces between buildings can be all-important. In a recent appeal decision (DCS Number 400-030-117) the inspector recognised the value of the space around a corner-plot dwelling on an inter-war estate. 

The inspector saw that the host dwelling was one of around four dwellings in the immediate locality which had similar side gardens. The wider surrounding estate had quite a formal arrangement with a moderate density of housing, she remarked. The appeal proposal involved the creation of an end-of-terrace dwelling alongside the host dwelling. 

The inspector judged that the layout of the estate with the open corners appeared deliberate and there was a clear distinction between the urban form, the open frontage and side gardens and the public realm. Although there was a high demand for on-street parking, she found that the area had a spacious quality to it and a rhythm in the street pattern. 

The inspector considered that the introduction of a dwelling onto the end of a terrace would undermine the existing coherent street pattern. As a separate dwelling of irregular proportions relative to the surrounding dwellings, the proposal would appear contrived and cramped and sited in a manner that would detract from the openness of the garden in its current form. Dismissing the appeal, she concluded that the proposal was harmful to the character and appearance of the area.

Useful information relating to national policy and guidance on urban form can be found at section 8.331 of DCP Online.