Having completed a comprehensive research process our Heritage team were able to show that prior to our clients purchasing the property the basement accommodation had been substantially reconfigured. The alterations had dramatically impacted the size and shape of the room and altered the original spatial quality. Furthermore, the building retained no features of architectural or historic interest within the site under consideration. Thus demonstrating that the flat no longer formed part of the predictable series of historic spaces within the listed building. Consequently, the significance and special architectural and historic interest of the internal spaces were limited.
The existing ceiling was previously replaced as part of the alterations to the property we noted that this consisted of modern plasterboard and consequently no historic fabric had been lost as a result of this intervention. By arguing that the ceiling was merely a contemporary addition to the building the works were fully reversible and the feature could be removed at any point in the future, with no harm to the fabric of the listed building. This argument was supported by identifying similar intervention which had already been granted with Listd Buidling consent in the vacinity.
External works to the property included replacement of the entrance door to the flat within the basement lightwell, installation of paving within the front and rear lightwells, installation of two sets of replacement french doors and the installation new lighting. Further alterations to the bathroom and kitchen fixtures were argued by our team to have replaced the same spaces as they previously occupied. In this sense, we showed, to the satisfaction of the Council, that the modifications had no impact upon the special interest of the listed building. In doing so, Fuller Long were successful in gaining Listed Building Consent for the client.
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