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Any alterations and additions to existing medium-density housing must be designed with great care.

It is important to ensure the new building work remains consistent with the character of the existing development and takes account of existing occupants. This may include keeping similar form, bulk, orientation and detailing and specifying as closely as possible the same type and quality of materials.

Where an addition aims to contrast the original development, it should be designed to fit with the surrounding area. This doesn’t rule out contrasting design or imply the addition should simply duplicate the original forms. Rather, it means the new design should aim for a similar level of visual appeal, proportion and alignment as the original.