Plans to build two new homes in a terraced street in Darwen have been turned down by councillors.
Applicant Harry Darwen and Devine had submitted a planning application to build two semi-detached three-storey homes on land between two blocks of terraces in Harwood Street.
The application has been refused after council officers deemed the proposed properties were not in keeping with other houses in the street, concerns about privacy and a lack of off-street parking.
In the decision notice Martin Kelly, Director of Place at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said the properties represented ‘poor design’ and that immediate neighbours would not have an ‘adequate level of privacy’.
“Owing to the combination of cantilevered first floor levels, roof heights that project above the surrounding properties and front elevations that project beyond the façade of the adjacent terrace, the use of such design features would result in the proposed dwellings appearing starkly different from the adjacent properties, which define the established character of the locality,” he said.
“As such, the proposed development would represent poor design and would fail to enhance and reinforce the established character of the locality.
“The proposed development would result in the installation of raised terrace areas within close proximity of neighbouring dwellings and rear gardens and the distances involved would be insufficient to maintain an adequate level of privacy for the immediate neighbours.
“The proposal fails to provide an adequate level of off-street parking to service the development and when that issue is coupled with losses of existing off-street and the fact the proposed parking bays would result in vehicles overhanging the footway, the proposed development would be to the detriment of the safe and efficient movement of highway users.”
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