PLANNERS have approved proposals to demolish a garage and replace it with a two-storey side extension to a house in Chepstow. 

The eaves and ridge height of the extension will be lower than the semi-detached, two-storey house in Ruffetts Close and the materials used will match. 

A sparrow nest box will be placed on the rear elevation of the extension, below the eaves which will serve as a biodiversity enhancement. 

As the garage is below the council’s minimum requirements to count as a “feasible parking space” it was decided there was no reduction in available parking for the house. 

Planning officer Ryan Bentley said: “It is considered that the proposal does respect the existing form, scale, siting, massing and layout of its setting and any neighbouring quality buildings.”