Thursday, 19 October 2017

Conversion held up by roof row

PLANS to convert a listed office building in Henley into a home have been recommended for refusal by town councillors.

PLANS to convert a listed office building in Henley into a home have been recommended for refusal by town councillors.

The owners of Northfield House Business Centre in Northfield End want to turn it into a house with seven double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and dressing areas, a one-bedroom staff flat, cinema, gym, library and wine store.

They also want to build a two-storey “coach house” with four garages with large workshops on the ground floor and a hobbies room, playroom and offices on the first floor.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee likes the plans except the height of the garage block, which it wants reduced from 4.5m to 4m on the suggestion of near-neighbour Ian MacGregor.

Councillor Lorraine Hillier said: “It’s a small ask and doesn’t affect the use of the garage. It will make a difference to a lot of people’s lives around there.”

Councillor Jeni Wood said: “It’s a very small ask when we have agreed everything else. I would like to see this go through and I’m very pleased it’s becoming a domestic property again but you have to think about the neighbours.”

Mr MacGregor said: “I welcome the plan to return it to residential use and hope that the height of the garage issue can be resolved.”

Planning consultant Jeff Lowe said the height of the garage had been reduced to 4.5m once following a previous objection.

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