A BID to build an “unashamedly contemporary” house on land at Milford has been thrown out at appeal.
The plan was one of three proposals put forward by Mr and Mrs S. Dench for land of Victoria Cottage, Victoria Road, which were each refused by New Forest District Council.
The rejections were all challenged but now planning inspector Martin Allen has ruled they would have a “discordant and incongruous appearance” harmful to the character and appearance of the area and street.
The first was for a two-storey “distinctive and contemporary, self-build, modern dwelling house”, which featured a distinctive raised-roof eave.
Designed by Visionary Architects, the plans said it was an “unashamedly contemporary design” and aimed to complement local new-build homes with a modern twist, such as the nearby Zinc House.
After it was turned down by NFDC, the couple put forward a second plan for a similar sized contemporary home but with a flat roof.
The refusal of that sparked a third, different proposal – to demolish the buildings on the site, sever the plot and construct two new self-build dwellings.
The first plan attracted 15 objections and the second and third prompted 10. The parish council recommended the first and third plans for approval, but objected to the second as “overdevelopment” of the site.
Deciding all three appeals at the same time, planning inspector Martin Allen said while there was a “considerable variety” in the design and scale of neighbouring homes, the key characteristic was “a sense and appearance of spaciousness”.
He said having a single, large home would result in there being “very little spacing to either side” and appear as “cramped additions” to the street.
Deciding the third appeal for two separate new builds, Mr Allen said the width of the plots would be “uncharacteristically narrow” for the location.