Inspector allows Globe’s appeal and provides important clarification in terms of the weight afforded to the Nationally Described Space Standard in Central Lincolnshire
A recent appeal decision (Appeal Decision APP/R2520/W/18/3214922) made by Inspector Rachael Bartlett has provided much needed clarification in terms of the weight which should be afforded to the Nationally Described Space Standard in Central Lincolnshire. Globe submitted an appeal challenging assertions made by North Kesteven District Council that a former residential outbuilding that is currently used as a hair dressing salon was unstable for conversion to a residential dwelling. The Council’s main reason for centred on the amount of internal accommodation provided and the fact that proposed dwelling fell (marginally) below the Nationally Described Space Standard (NDSS).
In appealing the decision, Globe successfully argued that the NSDSS should not be given significant weight due to the fact that it is not referred to in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) which forms part of the statutory development plan for North Kesteven District. It was also put to the Inspector that the level of accommodation proposed was not in any way unusual and exceed many examples of conversions into small residential units in the Lincoln urban area that have gained approval and offer valuable independent homes for single people.
In a carefully considered decision, Inspector Bartlett agreed that the quality of living space to be provided would be acceptable and, therefore, the shortfall in meeting the minimum space standards, which are not adopted in the CLLP, would not be a sufficient reason to dismiss the appeal.