Alterations Will Improve Appearance Of Property

A St Mary’s property has been granted planning permission for alterations after the Chief Planning Officer said the work would improve its appearance.

Owners of Watch House in Thoroughfare wanted to convert the balcony of a second floor holiday let to a bay window, by adding a dormer roof.

They also asked to change its layout from a 3-bedroomed property to a two-bedroomed one with an en-suite. The owners felt the changes would maximise the rental income from the flat.

In his report, the Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden, said there were concerns that the harbour front had been damaged in the past by poor building design. He said this could be put right by careful redevelopment.

He said adding the dormer roof could give some architectural interest to Watch House. And while the use of UPVC conflicts with the Council’s Design Guide it was appropriate in this case as it was already in use extensively on the building.

He recommended approval and planners passed the application unanimously.