Refused against officer recommendation for the following reasons:-
(1) The proposed two storey front extension, two storey and single storey rear extension as well as the proposed roof alteration would significantly alter the character and appearance of the existing house to create a property of modern design, out of keeping with the surrounding built form and street-scene. The bulk and mass of the resultant development, combined with the modern use of glazing and materials would be harmful to the character of the original dwelling and would appear as an incongruous addition in the street-scene. The proposed development therefore fails to conserve and enhance local character, distinctiveness and streetscape qualities, and represents a dwelling whose scale and massing and materials fail to respect the surrounding built environment. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policy P15 'Securing Design Quality' of the Solihull Local Plan 2013.
(2) The proposed development, by reason of its proposed two storey and single storey rear extensions which span the full width of the dwelling and its plot create a scale, mass and bulk directly on the site boundary that would be overbearing and harmful to the enjoyment and amenities of both adjoining neighbours at Nos. 677 and 681 Chester Road. The proposal does not therefore protect and enhance the amenity of existing occupiers and as such would not be a good neighbour. For these reasons, the proposal is contrary to Policy P14 'Amenity' of the Solihull Local Plan 2013.
Mr Kevin Walker and Councillor Marcus Brain spoke against the application whilst a statement of support was read out on behalf of Mr Mohammad Malik.
Councillors David Cole and Bob Grinsell abstained from voting, the latter due to having lost connection.