Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation

Comment ID 57
Document Section Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation 2- Review of the Core Strategy box1 34.3.63 - 34.3.65 View all on this section
Respondent James Copinger-Symes View all by this respondent
Response Date 29 Jan 2013
Comment

Listed buildings (34.3.64)

The current review of basement planning rules could be used to relook at the restrictions on building under listed buildings.

The current restrictions do not seemed to be based on sound logic but rather on some other more general desire to reduce or limit underground development.

Building below a listed building does not seem to have greater impact on the building’s historic integrity, scale or layout than building under the garden and having a connection to the listed building of an insubstantial nature, which is the current and proposed policy for listed buildings.

As a point to note it is quite feasible to build safely and correctly under a listed building by tunnelling from outside the building’s footprint thereby having no impact on the fabric of the listed building except where the final stair entrance is made.

It would appear balanced and reasonable that development under the footprint of a listed building should be allowed if the only noticeable change to the fabric of the existing listed building were limited to a stair connection of an insubstantial nature.

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