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Erection of single storey extension to rear with terrace above and external access stair - 20 Kirk Crescent South, Aberdeen, 190691


With reference to its meeting of 5 February 2020, the Local Review Body (LRB) of Aberdeen City Council reconvened at the Town House following a site visit to review the decision taken by an appointed officer under the Council’s Scheme of Delegation to refuse the request for the erection of a single storey extension to the rear with terrace above and external access stairs at 20 Kirk Crescent South, Aberdeen, Planning Reference 190691/DPP.


Councillor Stewart, as Chairperson, advised that the procedures previously outlined by the Clerk at the meeting of 5 February 2020 would apply and indicated that the LRB would be addressed by Ms Aoife Murphy, who was acting as Planning Adviser to the LRB in the case under consideration.  The Chairperson reiterated that although the Planning Adviser was employed by the planning authority, she had not been involved in any way with the consideration or determination of the application under review and was present to provide factual information and guidance to the LRB only.  She emphasised that the officer would not be asked to express any view on the proposed application.


Ms Murphy then described the site advising that it was a one-and-a-half storey detached dwelling with a western facing principal elevation.  The property had an integrated single garage covered within the 1989 grant of planning permission and there was a large rear garden to the east of the property.


She indicated that the site was bounded to the north by 5 Kirk Drive, a two-storey dwelling with its principal elevation to the north and its garden area to the west rather that the rear of the dwelling.  In terms of characterisation, no one style or form of dwelling was prevalent in the area and there had been extensions to dwellings in the area, and principally these were to the rear and typically single-storey.  Ms Murphy also explained that the site was located in a Residential Area in the Local Development Plan 2017.


Ms Murphy then outlined the applicant’s proposal making reference to the history of the site and outlined the appointed Officer’s reasons for refusal as follows:-

·         The proposed development by reason of its composition, form, mass, scale and height would harm the character of the original dwelling and would dominate the form of the host dwelling and would constitute over development;

·         The proposed roof top terrace would adversely affect the living conditions of neighbouring residents with regard to privacy and overlooking adjacent private amenity space which were contrary to policies D1 and H1; and

·         There were no material planning considerations of sufficient weight that would warrant approval of the application. 


In relation to the appellants case, Ms Murphy highlighted the following:-

(1)  The property had not been extended or altered for 30 years;

(2)  The proposal allowed for the formation of a modern living/kitchen/dining area, as well as allowing for a bedroom to be located on the ground floor, offering greater accessibility in the future;

(3)  Highlighted the presence of high fencing and hedging/landscaping which almost  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.