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17th January 2006

The Occupiers of 31, 33, 37, 38, 39 & 40 Thorncliffe Road and 82, 87, 89 Furness Park Road, Barrow-in-Furness all informed.


Cumbria Highways

“I note that the proposed garage size is slightly sub-standard but is clearly better than the previous application (2005/1855) which showed none at all. The existing drive should be widened (hard paving?) to accommodate two vehicles and there will not be any objections to the proposals.

 If this is not possible, the garage should be enlarged to the standard minimum sizes”.


The application site is a two-storey, semi-detached property on the southern side of Thorncliffe Road, adjacent to its junction with Furness Park Road. A driveway runs                           

The application is a resubmission of 2005/1413, which was refused in consultation with the planning panel on 6th October 2005. A copy of the original report is attached as appendix A. The proposal is for the erection of a two storey side extension and a single storey rear extension. The side extension will form a garage and kitchen at ground floor level and a bedroom and shower room at first floor level. The side extension will have a footprint of 8.3 x 2.8 metres, giving the garage internal dimensions of 2.5 x 5.3 metres. A driveway of approximately 9.5 metres will be retained. The rear kitchen extension will have a footprint of 1.9 x 5.8 metres. All building materials are to match the existing dwelling.

The original application involved a ground floor store of 3 x 3.5 metres, which would have resulted in the loss of a useable parking space. In an attempt to address previous this issue, the store has been replaced with a garage of an increased size. The scheme therefore provides for 2 off-street parking spaces.

The side extension would reduce the distance between the applicant’s property and No. 37 Thorncliffe Road to roughly 14.8 metres. At first floor level the scheme has a proposed bedroom and landing window looking across to the neighbour’s kitchen/diner and bedroom. The authority has a long standing policy of maintaining a distance of 21 metres between habitable room windows however, in this case the applicant proposes to use obscure glazing for the side bedroom window. This has been deemed acceptable in other applications, particularly when concerning a secondary window as is the case here. A condition requiring that the landing window features obscure glazing will also protect the privacy of the neighbouring dwelling.

No further issues are raised.


I recommend that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the Standard Duration Limit and the following conditions:

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