Tim Snell and his partner are devastated. He said: “We have been left shell-shocked by the experience.
But at the same time it is making life very difficult for homeowners and smaller, one-off developers who are trying to sensitively evolve the existing housing stock.
Banbury claims that in other parts of London such as Primrose Hill, roof extensions are actively encouraged as a solution to the housing shortage – and that revised national planning guidance published last month, the National Planning Policy Framework, provides backing for upward extensions.
“Under planning rules this is an unlawfully constructed roof extension which is noticeably higher than that originally given permission.