13.15 Family Flat

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​​​​​​13.15 Family Flat

A ‘family’ flat refers to a sub-division or extension of a single dwelling unit to accommodate a member of the immediate family and is generally acceptable, provided it is not a separate detached unit and that it is possible to provide direct access to the remainder of the house. There shall be no permanent subdivision of the garden.  The ‘family’ flat shall not be let or sold, other than as part of the overall property and shall revert to being part of the original house when no longer occupied by a family member.  The design should ensure that the flat forms an integral part of the main dwelling unit capable of reintegration for single family use.  

The principal requirement for any proposed family flat extension is that the family flat shall generally be less than 50% of the floor area of the main dwelling.  In the case of a two-storey family flat, an internal connecting door will normally be required at both levels. External doors will normally only be permitted to the side and rear of the house, with the presumption against an independent front door.  Access shall be either from an internal door or by side door well screened from the front elevation.  The design should have regard to the need for light and privacy of adjoining properties.   The form and design of the existing building should be followed and the extension should integrate fully with the existing building by using similar detailing and window proportions, materials and finishes.