Boring topic, apologies - but normally STW comes up with decent answers for this stuff.
I'm trying to sort out planning permission for a dormer loft conversion. My understanding was that if it didn't add more than 50 cubic m, you no longer needed planning permission, just building regs.
However, if you want to use normal glass in side facing windows (rather than obscured task) you DO need permission - and as we wanted normal glass we put in a full planning application.
None of our neighbours minded (there are other similar conversions on the street and no-one objected to planning) but we've just had the application refused, on the grounds that it is out of character in a victorian semi. The planning officer just doesn't like it, basically. This seems ridiculous as we could build the bloody thing without permission if we used obscured glass.
Any ideas on how to proceed with an appeal? We're not in a conservation area or anything. Can we just go back to building regs, and build it with obscured glass (as this was the only reason we went to planning anyway?).
any similar experiences/advice much appreciated!