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Planning Application apporved in Northwood, Stoke on Trent.


Jervis Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

Loft conversion with dormers to the front and rear and new single storey rear extension to facilitate new utility and bathroom.



Following an initial planning appraisal a formal application was submitted to Stoke City Council Planning Department for dormers to the front and rear that would facilitate the conversion of the loft space and a new en-suite bedroom, and the creation of a single storey rear extension that allows the bathroom to move and a new ultity room for the house to be created.  Internal the internal hallway between the kitchen and lounge will be removed to enable a kitchen/diner that would be comensurate with a three bedroom family home with the new utility room and bathroom configuration improving the domestic function of the property.  We are currently liaising with Stoke City Council to ensure te smooth progression of the application.  Watch this space for more news.

The rear facing dormer would be approximately 3.8m wide, 3.5m long and 2.2m high. The dormer would create approximately 14.7 cubic metres volume and this would be considered permitted development, however the materials proposed do not match those of  the existing property. The applicant is proposing a zinc cladding to the external elevations. This is considered acceptable as the dormer is located to the rear of the roof space and would not be visible from the street scene. Further to this the location of the development is within an area of mixed design in terms of extensions to properties and therefore it would not be considered as having a significant adverse impact on the host property or the overall location. This development would create a third bedroom to the dwelling and would be serviced with outlook and light.

The original scheme proposed a front facing dormer which was not considered to be acceptable due to the impact it would have on the front fascade of the host dwelling and the overall street scene. This property is a mid-terraced property located within a street scene of traditional type terraces aligning both sides of the street. It was considered that the introduction of a front dormer would appear as a alien feature and as such would not be supported. The applicant has revised the design to remove the front dormer and has
introduced two roof lights to the front facing roof space. This could be done under permitted development and is therefore considered acceptable. The room which would be serviced in terms of light and outlook appears as a study on the proposed floor plans. As this would not be considered as a habitable room no concerns have been raised relating to outlook from this room.

The single storey element would impact light and outlook from the proposed kitchen/dining room. However as this has been proposed on plan by the applicant, it is considered that this is done in the full knowledge of the applicant and therefore this does not raise a concern. There are windows located on the side elevation of the adjoining property, no.24,  however due to the arrangement of the existing single storey elements of both of these properties and considering the impact of the development at no.28, it is not considered that this element would have a significantly adverse impact which would exacerbate the existing situation, warranting a refusal of the scheme. Further to this the occupiers of this property have raised no concerns upon consultation.

The development would leave adequate amenity space for outdoor recreational activity associated with family life and is considered acceptable in terms of size and scale. The development would comply with the Urban Design SPD and would not be considered as obtrusive to the host property.

The proposal is considered to be acceptable in terms of design, amenity and highway safety and would deliver sustainable development in accordance with the NPPF. Given the above, the application is recommended for approval subject to the conditions set out below.

What is Zinc Seam?

Zinc is a popular material for roofing and façades due to its durability, flexibility, and attractive finish. When applied as a building envelope, sheets of zinc are typically joined together at seams. There are different techniques to join these sheets:

  1. Standing Seam: This is a common method used in metal roofing, including zinc. In a standing seam system, the edges of the zinc panels are folded, either over each other or around a hidden clip, to form a raised seam. The seam is then crimped or mechanically closed, ensuring a watertight and neat finish. Standing seam roofs are known for their long, straight lines and are particularly popular in modern and contemporary architecture.

  2. Flat Lock Seam: In this method, sheets of zinc are locked together on all four sides using a flat seam. It provides a flat appearance and is often used for wall cladding, roofs, and other architectural details.

  3. Double Lock Seam: This is a variation of the flat lock, where the seam is folded back on itself twice, creating a tight and durable connection.


In construction and architecture, the term "zinc seam" could likely be shorthand for any of these seaming techniques when used with zinc sheeting. If you have a specific project or application in mind, it might be helpful to consult with a contractor or architect who has experience with zinc as a building material to get more precise and tailored advice.

What type of Zinc Seam naterial is used in roofing Roofing?

  1. Material: Zinc sheets are used due to their malleability, longevity, and corrosion resistance. Over time, they form a protective patina that not only defends the metal against corrosion but also adds to its aesthetic appeal.

  2. Panel Profile: In standing seam roofing, the panels usually have a distinct profile with two seams that stand vertically along the length of the panel.

  3. Installation: During installation, the edges of the zinc panels are folded over each other or around a hidden clip. The seam then stands up from the roof's surface, which gives this system its name.

  4. Seaming: Once aligned and affixed to the roof, the seams are mechanically closed with a special tool to ensure a watertight connection.

  5. Benefits: The benefits of zinc standing seam roofing include its sleek and modern appearance, low maintenance requirements, and long lifespan. It's also a recyclable material, making it a green choice for sustainable construction. Moreover, standing seam roofs have fewer seams overall (since they run vertically), reducing the potential for leaks.

  6. Cost: While zinc roofing can be costlier upfront compared to other materials, its longevity and low maintenance can offset these initial costs over time.


Zinc standing seam roofing is especially popular in European architecture and is gaining popularity in other parts of the world for its aesthetic and functional advantages. If you're considering this for a project, it's recommended to engage a professional who has experience with zinc roofing to ensure proper installation and maximize the roof's lifespan.

En-Plan Planning & Architecture have a proven track record of delivering extensions and loft conversions.   If you would like to find out more about how our Planning Consultancy and Architectural Design Services can work in perfect sync to achieve a successful outcome in the planning system please CONTACT US and we will be only too happy to talk through any questions or development proposals you may have.


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