AN ARCHITECT removed from his professional register has had plans for a two-bedroom house knocked back following an appeal.

Witney architect, Anthony Pettorino, was erased from the register in January 2020 over ‘unacceptable conduct’.

Allegations were made against Mr Pettorino relating to a renovation and extension at a property in Oxford.

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Now though, his appeal to allow him to build a two-bedroom house in the rear garden of an address in Park Street, Woodstock has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

A planning inspector visited the site on February 9, with the decision made to dismiss the appeal later in the month.

The main issues listed by the inspector were: the effect of the proposal on the significance of the Grade II listed building; the effect of the proposal on the living conditions of neighbours, with particular regard to daylight, outlook and privacy, and whether the proposed parking was adequate.

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West Oxfordshire District Council initially refused the application in September 2020, saying ‘the proposed development would not be of a proportionate and appropriate scale to its context, and would fail to respect the historic curtilage of the site and character of the conservation area, and setting of the listed building’.

The council’s refusal added: “The proposal would harm the enjoyment of adjoining residential properties and would provide inadequate off-street parking where the roads are narrow and congested.”

Woodstock Town Council was also against plans for the house, outlining that 600 new properties were planned for the town so there was ‘no housing need for the development’.

The council added the proposal was ‘an unnecessary additional dwelling in the garden of a listed building’.

Last year, a hearing of the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee heard that Mr Pettorino had been instructed to design and contract manage the renovation of his client’s property.

Mr Pettorino admitted allegations that he did not have adequate and appropriate insurance in place to meet a claim, and had not provided an effective service and/or worked to fit the brief in a timely manner.

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