A MAN who was refused permission to build two house extensions has appealed against Oxford City Council's decision.

Mr Harris Caan wanted to turn a house in St Luke's Road, Oxford into a house of multiple occupation (HMO) by demolishing its existing single storey rear extension and building a two-storey side extension and a single, part two-storey rear extension.

He also wanted to convert the loft into a bedroom.

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But the council said it would be an 'overly complex and intensive form of development' that would 'erode the character and appearance' of the house.

It also said three of the first floor bedrooms fail to comply with the Nationally Described Space Standards and would therefore provide 'cramped living conditions'.

As part of the loft conversion, Mr Caan wanted to replace the sloping roof with a vertical wall, but the council said this would be 'at odds' with the house and 'significantly unbalance' the existing semi-detached houses.