FOUR studio flats in Shoreham High Street has been approved for development by the council despite the case officer’s recommendation for refusal.
Applicant Darren Baker submitted a plan to Adur District Council to add a third level to a pre-existing two-storey building.
Located at Shoreham High Street above a shop and cafe, four new studio flats were recommended for refusal by case officer Peter Barnett due to the extent of the rear and depth of the roof.
Mr Barnett said: “To add a roof on top we feel will be intrusive on the neighbours.
“We feel that the roof should be reduced in depth to lessen the impact.”
However, an agent representing the applicant said there has not been a single objection to the development by neighbours.
“The recommendation is quite unusual,” he said
“We don’t feel it’s been taken with a balanced view. There’s no mention of the benefit a population brings to a high street.
“There’s a level of indecency in your decision making,” he added.
The agent also said that a similar development in East Street was approved without any objections by the acting case officer.
Adur Council’s planning committee did not agree with the case officer’s concerns and felt that it would, if anything, improve the building’s appearance.
Emma Evans said: “I have visited the site and I think it would be a vast improvement and I have no issue going against the officer’s recommendation.
“I’m perfectly happy with it,” she added.
David Donaldson said the building on the High Street is a ‘mishmash’ from behind.
“I think there’s nothing but an improvement here,” he said.
Carol Albury agreed with her fellow councillors.
She said: “I think a site visit makes it a lot easier.
“It is a complete mishmash at the back and I think it will be a large improvement to the front.”
Councillors voted and agreed unanimously to reject the case officer’s recommendation for refusal and approve the developer’s application.
Mr Barnett listed a number of conditions for the applicant to abide by, which included no side windows, acoustic glazing at the front of the building, whole house ventilation and the standard three year duration for which it must be constructed by.