East Lothian seaside town’s Balconies bid approved despite protests

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Claims that adding a second floor with balconies to a house would be ‘out of place’ with a neighboring listed building have been dismissed by East Lothian planners.

The owners of a single storey house in North Berwick have asked to expand with a new first floor addition including balconies. However, the town’s community council called the addition a development and complained that it would be out of place with the B-listed house next door.

East Lothian Council planners dismissed the claims, saying that although adding an extra storey would change the character of the house, they did not believe it would be ‘harmful’.

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And they said that because the property was building upwards, it wouldn’t expand its footprint.

They said: “The proposed extension being of a contemporary architectural form and finish would complement the character and appearance of the existing house and not be detrimental to it.”



Drawings show Windyheugh’s current home in North Berwick House and the proposed extension.

Windyheugh’s house is next to the 19th century B-listed Windygates house.

North Berwick Community Council said the extension would be out of place with surrounding housing, particularly Windygates.

Planners received six objections to the proposals with concerns ranging from the impact of construction works to the creation of “rooftop terraces” that would overlook neighboring houses.

Planners rejected claims that the balconies would create a terrace overlooking plans to install 1.8 meter high screens.



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And they said of concerns it could lead to intrusive noise: “A balcony is not an inappropriate addition to a home and should not generate unacceptable noise levels.”

They added: ‘If excessive noise or disturbance occurs to neighboring properties, any complaints could be investigated by council protection services.’

Planners allowed the extension on the condition that blackout screens on the balconies were approved by officers.

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