Lindfield resident vents anger after home extension plans are refused

Mid Sussex District Council offices in Haywards Heath. Picture: Steve Robards
Mid Sussex District Council offices in Haywards Heath. Picture: Steve Robards

An angry applicant warned Mid Sussex District Council he would ‘see you at appeal’ after plans to extend his home were refused.

At a meeting of the planning committee on Thursday (August 30), members refused the application for one and two-storey extensions at 34 Dukes Road, in Lindfield, because of the negative affect they felt it would have on a neighbouring house.

A planning report put before the committee, recommended the refusal, saying the extension would have an ‘overbearing and enclosing affect’ on one of the first-floor bedrooms at number 35, causing ‘harmful loss of outlook’.

The application was brought before the committee by Margaret Hersey (Con, Lindfield) following concerns raised by neighbours and Lindfield Parish Council.

The meeting was informed that the applicant had made attempts to reduce the impact on number 35, making changes to the application before it was submitted. But some members felt not enough had been done.

Others described the loss of light the extension would inflict on the living room of number 35 as ‘key’.

They were reminded that the only reason listed for refusing the application was the overbearing effect the extension would have on the first-floor bedroom.

With the recommendation carried by 7-2, the applicant left the chamber, declaring: “I will see you at appeal, thank you very much.”

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