Extension plan seeking approval

Full planning consent is being sought for alterations and an extension to a house in Mintlaw.

An application, from Mr and Mrs Ronald Milne of 41 Park View, will go before members of the Buchan area committee on Tuesday.

Councillors will hear that the semi detached bungalow is located within a relatively modern high density housing development within Mintlaw.

A single storey rear extension measuring approximately 6.5m by 6m with a height of 5m is proposed.

In a report to Tuesday’s meeting, planning chief Stephen Archer says the main issues are whether the proposal is in accordance with the Local Development Plan and whether the extension would respect the scale and design of the existing house and the character of the surrounding area.

He says; “ The extension seeks to extend the small bungalow by two thirds, significantly reducing the amount of useable private garden space.

“At present, the rear garden is small covering only 66 metres squared and with the extension this will be reduced to 24 metres squared, which is unsatisfactory as it will reduce the private garden area to an unusable size, thus significantly reducing the amenity of the property.”

“The extension will lead to overdevelopment of the small plot. In light of the above, the proposal fails to meet council policy as it does not reflect the scale of the existing building and reduces the amenity of the property.

“This application is not seen to respect the scale of the existing house, resulting in over development of the site. As a result other developments within the area cannot be used to justify a recommendation of approval,” he adds.