AN appeal has been lodged against refusal of plans for five new houses and a
AN appeal has been lodged against refusal of plans for five new houses and a bungalow in Peppard.
Mrs J Westrope and Mrs S Evans had applied for outline planning permission to develop the garden of a bungalow off Grange Avenue and to demolish the existing property.
South Oxfordshire District Council refused consent, saying the development would extend the built up area of the village and detract from theÂ character andÂ appearance of that part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Peppard Parish Council and some residents have raised objections.
In their appeal letter, the applicants insist the homes would be infill development.
Their agent Bell Cornwell said: “We recognise that the proposed development is within the AONB and that high priority will be given to its conservation and enhancement, however the designation does not prevent change from occurring.
“We disagree that the built-up limits would be extended as the proposal has been well designed to ensure that the development does not encroach into the countryside.
“The appeal site is a residential garden which is surrounded by dwellings.
“To the north the site is bound by an existing mature tree belt which would be retained and protected.”