Monday, 21 August 2017

Neighbours in protest at post office flats plan

NEIGHBOURS have attacked plans to create two flats above a post office in Charvil.

NEIGHBOURS have attacked plans to create two flats above a post office in Charvil.

Kaser Rai wants to have two one-bedroom maisonettes above the shop in Park View Drive South using existing extensions to the building.

In his application to Wokingham Borough Council, he says this type of accommodation is badly needed in the area.

Mr Rai says: “The proposed extension has been designed very much with the needs of the single person and couples in mind and, of course, its bulk and massing and the detailed design have taken into account the need to avoid harm to the living conditions of neighbours.

“The design makes very limited changes to the existing building. We believe this development would be a positive attribute to the locality.”

Mr Rai has also submitted a retrospective planning application for a store room in the back garden.

Neighbour Geoff Pitchers, of Gingells Farm Road, said: “It is noted that the proposed development is greater in height than the current buildings. There will be loss of light to my property in the autumn and winter due to the extension filling the space between the existing buildings.

“The whole site is now nearly fully developed, extending right up to the rear boundary.”

He said neighbours were concerned about the lack of parking space outside the premises, which resulted in drivers parking on pavements.

Mr Pitchers said they also felt the site resembled a small industrial estate due to “creeping development”, adding: “We used to look on to trees and a small village shop.”

Alison Hughes, also of Gingells Farm Road, said: “My concern is for safety. The post office and shop have always had a good deal of customers throughout the day but parking has always been an issue. Customers often park on double yellow lines.

“Since the extension of the shop it has had articulated lorries delivering stock and blocking a number of driveways.

“The new flats are for one to two people each. With maximum occupancy, this could mean up to four cars taking up more space where customers would normally park, hence this is only going to make things much worse and more dangerous.”

Manjeet Sandhu, also of Gingells Farm Road, said her home would be overlooked by the development.

She said: “The bedroom, kitchen and lounge windows will overlook my living room, front upstairs bedroom and front garden. This will lead to a complete loss of privacy.

“I will also lose an unacceptable amount of light. Currently I am already losing light and being overshadowed in my front living room through the erection of the outbuilding/stockroom.

“The proposed development will cause a detrimental impact upon residential amenities at the end of Gingells Farm Road because it does not fit in with the landscape.

“Another major concern is highway safety and inadequate parking. The shop size has recently been increased and this has already led to more illegal parking at both sides of the road at the end of Park View Drive South.”

Mrs Sandhu also objects to the application for the store room, calling it an “eyesore”.

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