Planning inspector gives approval for new conservatory

APPEAL SUCCEEDS: Permission has been granted for a new conservatory at Scots House.
APPEAL SUCCEEDS: Permission has been granted for a new conservatory at Scots House.

A GOVERNMENT inspector has granted approval for a new conservatory at one of South Tyneside’s most historic buildings.

Scots House, dating from the early 18th century, is a small Georgian listed mansion off Newcastle Road in West Boldon.

South Tyneside Council’s planning committee had rejected an application for a new conservatory to replace an existing one on the grounds of its size.

However, applicant Jeff Main appealed against that decision, and the Planning Inspectorate has now upheld his objections.

In his report, inspector Nicholas Taylor says: “The proposed conservatory would replace an existing conservatory, which was erected in the 1980s.

“Since then, in 2000 and 2007, permission has been granted for two replacement conservatories, neither of which has been implemented.

“The existing structure provides no sense of empathy with the historic or architectural values of the listed building and is becoming dilapidated.

“All in all, it detracts from the significance of the east wing and the listed building as a whole.”

“I understand the council’s concerns, but consider them overstated.

“The proposed conservatory would not be disproportionately large in relation to the site or the proportions of the elevation.”