East Lothian family home extension rejected amid allegations of racism and religious bias


A landlord’s offer to make space for his family to visit was turned down after a neighbour’s conservatory was not included in the plans.

Mujahid Nazir’s plans to extend his home in Tranent drew objections from neighbors and were rejected by East Lothian councilors after claims they could potentially turn a family home into a multi-occupancy home (HMO).

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But in a statement to Scottish ministers, Mr Nazir said the plan to turn the three-bedroom house into a six-bedroom house was so his family could visit him.

And the Scottish Government reporter revealed that Mr Nazir also claimed the request was refused on ‘racial and religious grounds’.

Dismissing his allegation of bias as something the reporter could not comment on, the appeal was dismissed after the extension was deemed too large.

The reporter said the “massive and cumbersome” two-storey extension to the three-bedroom house in Sanderson’s Grove, Tranent, would strike “a discordant note” on the street.

He also noted that a neighbour’s veranda had not been included in the extension plans and further investigation revealed that it would block sunlight from the veranda for a significant part of the day. .

Rejecting the appeal, the reporter said: “The size, shape, proportion and scale of the proposed extension would not make it subordinate to the existing house, would not be complementary to its character and appearance, nor would they result in a good integration into its environment.

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“These characteristics would serve to make it appear too dominant on the street and overbearing for (the neighboring property), especially for users of the veranda in the rear garden.”

Mr Nazir had argued that he wanted to extend his house to allow his family to visit him and claimed there were other similar extensions down the street.

At a meeting of the council’s planning committee last year, concerns were raised about the biggest house being used as an HMO once the work was completed, but Mr Nazir called the claims ‘speculation and not facts”.

The committee voted unanimously to deny planning permission for the extension, deeming it to be excessive development, despite planning officers recommending it for approval.


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