Thursday, 19 October 2017

Neighbours win fight against flats

PLANS to build flats above Charvil post office have been refused.

PLANS to build flats above Charvil post office have been refused.

Kaser Rai wanted to create two one-bedroom flats in the existing extensions at the building in Park View Drive South.

The application was criticised by neighbours who said it would turn the area into a “small industrial estate”.

Geoff Pitchers, of Gingells Farm Road, said: “The whole site is now nearly fully developed, extending right up to the rear boundary. 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 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 would be 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.”

Wokingham Borough Council refused the application, saying: “The development would have an ‘urbanising impact’ on the semi-rural character of the street. The development would increase parking demand at the site and in the absence of additional parking spaces could lead to additional on-street parking in close proximity to the junction of the A4 Bath Road/Park View Drive South which could adversely affect highway safety.

“The proposal fails to make satisfactory provision of adequate services, amenities and infrastructure needs and consequently would have an unacceptable adverse impact upon the amenities of the area.”

Mr Rai’s retrospective planning application for a store room in the back garden was also refused.

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