Lawful development certificate allowed at appeal for additional ancillary accommodation the same size as host dwelling.
West Lancashire Borough Council refused application Ref 2016/1233/LDP for erection of detached gymnasium and dance studio. The sole reason for refusing this application was that the proposed scheme was only some 38 sq meters smaller than the host dwelling and noted that the size was more akin to that of a commercial gym than that of a home gym.
The Inspector noted that the size of the proposed building was not enough reason to refuse the certificate of lawfulness and overturned the Councils decision and subsequently issued the approval..
This case serves as a nice reminder that the proposed new structure does not have to be proportionate to the host dwelling. The key issue here is that there is a reasonable need for it.
Appeal ref: APP/P2365/X/17/3174152 - Decision date: 15 February 2018