I live in a semi-detached 1930s 2-storey house. The house has a single storey garage on the side adjacent to the neighbours garage on the side of their detached house i.e. there is a gap of 6m between the side of my house and the side of the neighbour’s house. The streetscape is generally 2-storey double hipped detached houses with a single storey garage between all the houses i.e. 3m gap except a few semi-detached houses where I live at the top of the street.
I have submitted a planning application for a two-storey side extension up to the boundary of my property. The planning case officer has confirmed they are recommending the application for refusal on the grounds that is is creating a future potential terracing effect. They state if they permit my application then they will be obliged to permit my neighbour doing a two-storey side extension up to the boundary thus causing a terrace. My neighbour is not proposing to do any extension.
My argument is the application I current have does not create a terracing effect as there is still 3m gap between the side of my proposed side extension and the side of the neighbours house (same as all the detached houses down my street). If the neighbour submits an application in the future ‘they’ would be creating a terracing effect (but not me). I could understand the planners not permitting their application on those grounds. Is this a valid reason and could I appeal this.
Can the planners make a decision based on what someone might do in the future. There is a precedent on the street opposite where someone has done excatly the same as I am proposing however the case officer has said this is irrelevant because in her opinion it was a bad decision by the planning officer at the time.
Where do I stand?