Green Glasgow home extension in upmarket street rejected as it would 'not fit in'

A plan to a build a two storey extension at a Hyndland home has been rejected by councillors following an appeal.

The building proposal for Hughenden Drive was knocked back for eight reasons including that it would have green cladding and a terrace would overlook neighbours.

The bid involved demolishing a rear garage and erecting the two-storey extension with a terrace on the second floor. It sparked four objections including two from neighbours.

Speaking at yesterday's planning local review committee, councillor Paul Leinster, SNP, said: "I think the colour of the materials proposed are not acceptable in this area. A green zinc extension in this terrace clearly does not fit in with anything that would ever have been imagined for this kind of area."

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He said just because it appears to be of high quality doesn't mean it is suitable for this site.

Conservative councillor Thomas Kerr said he supported the application and pointed out neighbours on the street already had extensions.

He said: "I think this looks like a good development.I think it modernises a stunning looking building to make it more adaptable for a family."

Plans for the extension included a flat roof, two rooflights and glazed sliding doors.

Committee chair Ken Andrew, SNP, said: "In principle I think it is perfectly reasonable that they would wish to take down a rather ugly garage and create some garden ground and extend their home to make it more appropriate for modern living.

"However I have concerns. It is within the conservation area. It is a very fine Edwardian terrace.

He added how he had concern over the materials used and the colours.

He said would have preferred to "see something more complimentary to the Edwardian terrace" with potentially traditional materials and timber frames.

The plan was originally rejected last year and applicants Andrew and Nicola Kerr then lodged an appeal against that decision. But the majority of councillors on the planning local review committee upheld the original rejection at its meeting yesterday. Three politicians wanted to grant planning permission but four voted to deny the bid.

The plan was knocked back for a number of reasons including that the demolition plan would "generate significant waste" and usable garden space would be reduced.

Another reason was that the proposed terrace "located on the second floor of the extension would increase direct overlooking into the adjacent gardens."

Officers also believe that the" proposed use of green coloured cladding is not in keeping with the character of the terrace and of the surrounding conservation area."

An appeal statement lodged on behalf of the applicants said: "The proposals will allow this family to continue to live and work in this well-loved area."

The statement also said sun terraces are a feature at three other properties on the street and the "proposals do not present direct overlooking into any gardens."

Commenting on the colour, they pointed out: "The property currently has traditional green paint to the windows and all metalwork in the garden, a muted green zinc cladding compliments the leafy nature of the rear lane."

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