Saturday, 19 August 2017

Councillor is let off over planning breach

NO action is to be taken against a Peppard councillor found in breach of planning regulations.

NO action is to be taken against a Peppard councillor found in breach of planning regulations.

Fiona Berry, who lives on the B481 opposite Manor Farm, put up a brick shelter in her garden that was too high and did not submit a planning application.

However, South Oxfordshire District Council has ruled that the building does not adversely affect neighbouring properties.

Mrs Berry, who is a member of Peppard Parish Council’s planning committee, and her husband Kevin Browne’s shelter is 3.45m high, which exceeds permitted development regulations by 45cm.

She said the roof tip had to be at that height so it could be at the right pitch.

She added: “The district council has come round and investigated and not taken any action so it’s end of story. It’s not even a proper building, it’s just a shelter from the rain — like a canopy but made out of bricks.”

A district council spokeswoman said: “In April we received a letter querying whether a planning application had been submitted for a brick building constructed in the garden of a residential property in Peppard Common.

“Following an investigation, it was confirmed that no planning application had been received and the height of the construction meant that the building was in breach of planning control.

“However, as the building did not have an adverse effect on the local environment or on neighbouring properties, officers considered that, in line with national planning policy, it would not be in the public interest to pursue the matter any further.”

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