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14-1811-FUL:35 Tenison Road

Decision Maker: Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee received an application for full planning permission.


The application sought approval for a two-storey pitched roof extension to the rear of the house, to provide an additional two bedrooms, one on each floor. The proposed extension would be 5.4m deep, and 5.2m wide, abutting the common boundary with 37

Tenison Road.


The Committee received a representation in objection to the application from Ruth Devermond.


The representations covered the following issues:


  i.  Requested that the Committee reject the application.

  ii.  The proposed extension would have a serve adverse effect on the neighbouring properties.

  iii.  Would bring an increase in noise to the area.

  iv.  Stated that the area had an over concentration of HMO’s (Housing in Multiple Occupation) filled with short term student occupancy.

·  15 HMO on either side of the building, representing 27% of the local area.

  v.  Many houses in the area have been reverted back to families’ homes since the 2006 condition of eight residents per HMO.

  vi.  Stated the application goes 5/7 of the 2006 Local Plan.

 vii.  The proposed extension would make a bad situation in the area worse.


The Committee received a representation in support to the application from Mervyn Martin (applicant).


Councillor Robertson addressed the Committee as a Ward Councillor.


The representation covered the following issues:

  i.  The application did not comply with 3/4, 3/14 & 5/14 of the 2006 Local Plan.

  ii.  Reported that none of the properties in the local area had two stories extensions but only single extensions.

  iii.  The proposed extension would spoil the character of the location, over shadow neighbouring properties and would be visually dominate.

  iv.  The proposed extended would block off the gap between No 35 & No 37 Tenison Road reducing the light to the side of both buildings and create a sense of enclosure.

  v.  Approval of the application could encourage similar applications which would further spoil the appearance and character of the area.

  vi.  The design does not respect the character of the local area and the local amenity would be impacted.

 vii.  Already 24 HMO’s on this road and the number does need to be increased.


The Committee:


Councillor Smart proposed that the term warden was changed to ‘resident warden’ in condition 5.


The Officer then proposed additional text be included at the end of the condition 5 strengthen the condition (additional text underlined).


Condition 5 would read as follows:


‘The extension hereby permitted shall not be occupied until a Management Plan for the building has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The plan shall include details of the role of the resident warden and contact details for neighbours, which shall be displayed on the external front facade of the building at all times, and shall ensure that at least one of the rooms is occupied by a warden at all times when the property is in use as a House in Multiple Occupation. The use as a House in Multiple Occupation shall be carried out in accordance with the approved Management Plan.


Reason: To protect the amenity of neighbouring residents. (Cambridge Local Plan 2006, policy 4/13)’


Resolved (7 Votes to 0, with 1 abstention) to accept the amended condition.


Resolved (5 Votes to 3 votes) to grant the application for full planning permission in accordance with the officer recommendation, for the reasons set out in the officer report, and subject to the condition recommended by the officers and the amended condition.





Publication date: 02/04/2015

Date of decision: 04/02/2015

Decided at meeting: 04/02/2015 - Planning

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