The application site is located on the corner of Murray Avenue and Barlandfauld Street, Kilsyth. There are two terraced dwellinghouses at the site. There is ground to the side and rear which is held in joint ownership. There is an existing single driveway leading to a single wooden garage at the side of the end terraced house. The driveway is shared. There is an existing dilapidated single storey extension that spans the width of the rear of both properties.
The proposal would involve the construction of a new L-shaped extension to the rear and side of 3 Murray Avenue. The scheme would require the removal and replacement of the existing extension, with a mostly single storey but part one and a half storey structure. It would comprise of a single attached garage to the side with a kitchen and toilet to the rear. On the first floor a small bathroom is proposed. At the opposite side of the existing driveway an additional detached garage would be constructed. The ground level would require lowering for this structure and one of the walls would be offset, and would run along the edge of the site. New driveway vehicular accesses would be constructed and a new path formed between the two garages.
The application site is covered by Housing Policies HG3-5 of the Kilsyth Local Plan, 1999. The most relevant is HG 3, which aims to ensure that extensions to existing houses are in keeping with the scale and character of the surrounding area.
My Traffic and Transportation Section have no objection to the proposal providing that a number of standard requirements are met. These can be facilitated through the use of appropriate planning conditions.
One letter of objection was received from the adjoining neighbour at 1 Murray Avenue. The main areas of concern are as follows:
The area to be built on is small, the proposed extension would look unbalanced and will rob the two properties of their character due to the size of the proposal.
The immediate area to be built on is small, however, the proposal would involve the removal of the existing extension. The new construction would not project any further rearwards. In addition there is a 15 metre long rear garden beyond this area.
The new construction would not rob both properties of their characters, as it would be small in scale. Although a 2 x 3 metre section of the proposal would be a storey and a half, it would be well below the existing house roof and only 2.5 metres higher than the single storey part of the extension. The properties at present do not look balanced as the existing extensions vary in height and an upper floor window only exists at the neighbouring property.
There are concerns regarding light restrictions to the neighbour's property arising from the upper floor extension.