Hammersmith and Fulham planners have been playing games with the Developer. When he put in three identical applications simultaneously, they rejected one. accepted another and ignored the third. The only differences between any of them and indeed the dozen or so that he has done before, were the numbers of windows in the roof, and whether or not they could be opened. As the planners knew very well that one of the members of the planning committee invariably rejects any plan that has bedrooms, without ventialation, this was the design that they chose to pass up.
The Developer, of course chose to return, since he does DIY drawings on his laptop and pays only a £200 fee for each submission. This time, they intervened after the identical set of drawing, replete with all the errors that have been in every one since the outset, was again submitted, with some trivial variation in either the number of roof windows or the number that could be opened. They induced him to submit new drawings, with a lower roof line, But he seems to have forgotten that if he lowers the roof, he also needs to excavate further underground.
No doubt the Developer was duly encouraged by this help and old his bankers that planning approval would be there in a jiffy. But the planners decided to reject it a few weeks later, on the same grounds that all the others have been rejected, that the Developer is trying to build a slum.
Hammersmith Enforcement now accepts that he has willfully destroyed the top half dozen lines of bricks in the front wall. This has allowed rain and frost to penetrate. So this wall is now in possible danger of collapse and is now shielded by an ugly grey hoarding. And the building will have to be submitted to new build controls rather than the more lenient restoration controls.
He has yet to submit a Party Wall notice although he claims that letters sent to neighbours by registered post several months ago, included this. Fortunately the contents have been photographed, and was just his usual rant against councilors, planners and objectors. Meanwhile he will have to excavate a full five metres below pavement level, and his top floor will be just one metre above the pavement, in line with the ground floor of neighbouring buildings.