Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Anger at terrace extension on Bloom judges’ route

NEIGHBOURS have objected to plans for a new three-bedroom house in Henley town centre.

NEIGHBOURS have objected to plans for a new three-bedroom house in Henley town centre.

Priscilla Packham wants to build the property on to her own terraced home in King’s Road, extending the terrace.

A detached garage would be built at the back of the property to provide off-street parking and would be accessed via Baronsmead.

Her application states: “The width, depth and height of the new dwelling will be very similar to that of the existing. The proposals are sympathetic to the character of adjoining properties and the surrounding area.

“The footprint of the proposed dwelling does not extend beyond the building lines of neighbouring properties.”

More than a dozen neighbours have sent written objections to South Oxfordshire District Council.

Keith Wheal, of King’s Road, said the development would be “extremely detrimental” to the character of the area and listed objections including noise and traffic hazard during construction and the loss of two mature trees.

He said the road was already very busy and sometimes dangerous. Professor Jean-Yves Pitarakis, of Baronsmead, said: “The overpowering nature of the proposed development on a very narrowly accessed cul-de-sac with two-way traffic will turn it into a cramped, courtyard-style enclosure that will completely spoil and change its character.

“The enjoyment of the space in question is an important part of the residential amenity of a large number of neighbouring properties and the town itself.

“The proposed development will alter and destroy garden land and trees, which are a visual amenity for the town.

“There is no reason for an entire neighbourhood to go through such major alterations for the financial gain of a single person.

“This is a bad example of garden/public land grabbing which should not be allowed to proceed.”

Oxfordshire County Council has submitted a holding objection until more information is supplied about the layout of the development.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended refusal due to overdevelopment of the site and its detrimental effect on the street scene.

Chairman Dieter Hinke said: “It is a very dense development. Anything added there might cause over- development as the houses are quite close together.” Councillor David Clenshaw said: “The Henley Society objects and I think we should oppose it. The land was left empty and designated as an amenity for the area.”

Deputy Mayor Martin Akehurst said: “Considering the density of the houses along there we need an open space.”

Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, added: “It is a really lovely residential area and it is on our judging route for Britain in Bloom. To take away from that would be detrimental to the area. It is beautiful.”

The district council will make a final decision by July 30.

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