A Norfolk homeowner is fighting to put a balcony on his home after planners said it would overlook neighbours... despite there being no objections from surrounding homes. 

Andrew Dye is locked in a battle with South Norfolk Council to install a new open space on his home on Walnut Tree Drive in Framingham Earl, a small village near Poringland.

SNC officials rejected the plan late last year, arguing that the addition would “have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the street scene” while having a “dominating outlook” on the property opposite. 

But Mr Dye disagrees and has taken the government’s Planning Inspectorate, which has the power to overturn decisions when authorities have strayed from the law.  

Eastern Daily Press: Walnut Tree Drive in Framlingham EarlWalnut Tree Drive in Framlingham Earl (Image: George Thompson, LDR)

In their rejection, SNC officials said: “The proposed balcony will be highly visible within the street scene, as it is proposed to be located at first-floor height, at the front of the property.  

“There are no frontal balconies in existence within this street scene and as such, the modification of the frontal pitched roof and raising of the eaves will have a detrimental impact on the appearance of the existing dwelling.” 

But Mr Dye argues that this is not the case, with his home set back from most of the neighbours, and the home SNC suggests he will be overlooking around 30 metres away. 

He said: “It’s a bit frustrating, it’s a bit unusual these days with the government trying to relax planning laws and encourage people to get more out of their buildings.  

“It would be architecturally nice and in keeping with the building. 

“I don’t think it warranted a refusal especially as there were no objections from my neighbours, who have raised no concerns. 

“It would be no different to me looking out my window. 

“One even said they might like to do it to their home if it does get permission.” 

The appeal will be decided in due course.