Disabled man's planning application for wheelchair ramp is refused due to being in conservation area

A builder on scaffolding carrying out work on a two-storey house
The house in Tillicoultry, Alloa has been rejected planning permission to renovate the house to allow the disabled homeowner the ability to move freely through the house (Image credit: Google Street View)

A disabled man was refused planning permission for adjustments to his home to make it easier for him to move around.

Adam Bellshaw, 30, was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and Rippling Muscle Disease and sought permission to make his home more suited to his medical needs. This included adding an external ramp for a wheelchair as well as widening his stairwell to accommodate a stairlift and adding a bannister. He also hoped to raise the low ceiling upstairs to add an upstairs bathroom.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.