Extension on Shoreham Beach approved

The house (centre) in Old Fort Road, Shoreham

The house (centre) in Old Fort Road, Shoreham

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A ROOF extension has been approved on Shoreham Beach, despite an impassioned plea.

Adur District Council’s planning committee approved the plan for 113 Old Fort Road on Monday, having heard from independent councillor Liza McKinney.

Mrs McKinney, who represents Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association, made a plea for the application to be refused.

“Old Fort Road has been substantially changed over the street scene thanks to this planning committee over the last five years.

“They are now increasingly having three-storey-high houses. These three-storey buildings are substantially altering the street scene.

“It would be very nice indeed if we could stop any further alterations. You are making the local street certainly not the kind of street that was liked and sought after in previous years.”

Planning officer Peter Barnett said the two-storey property was in a line of similar houses.

“The proposal is to add accommodation in the roof slope by extending the roof up and outwards over the front balcony. The overall two-storey form is retained here, quite successfully. It is only a 200mm increase in the ridge height overall.”

Committee member Ben Stride, who also represents the residents’ association, said he was in two minds, despite there being a strong sense of not having three-storey developments on that side of the road.

“I have to bear in mind that further up the road, they have already had something similar done, so I am a bit torn on this one.

“To get the third storey up there, it is done quite well. It is as good as you are going to get. I am struggling to find reasons to refuse it.”