Saturday, 19 August 2017

‘Garden grabbing’ threatens rural hamlet

KINGWOOD Common could be turned into a housing estate if backland development is allowed, according to residents.

Terence Mullins spoke on behalf of his neighbours before an application by Ian Bell, of Stoke Row Road, to build a four-bedroom house in his garden was approved by South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee.

Dr Mullins told the committee that the development would set a dangerous precedent and other residents would be tempted to sell their land.

He said: “Anyone in the common will be likely to proceed with splitting off their gardens because they are quite large plots. It will make them a lot of money — probably over £1 million — and will turn Kingwood Common into an estate effectively.”

Mr Bell’s new house will be built between his exisiting home and a neighbour’s property and will require a new access across common land.

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