Proposals to extend or replace existing dwellings within the area designated as Countryside will be permitted provided that the proposal:

  • would not result in a disproportionately large increase in the height or scale of the original dwelling, and
  • would not materially increase the impact of the dwelling on the appearance of the surrounding countryside.

In determining what constitutes a ‘disproportionately large increase’ account will be taken of the size of the existing dwelling, the extent to which it has previously been extended or could be extended under permitted development rights, and the prevailing character of the area.

For the purposes of this policy original dwelling means the house as it was built, or as existed on the 1st July 1948, whichever is the later.