Saturday, 21 July 2018

Neighbour opposes white door on garage

A MAN’s bid to change the colour of his garage door has upset a neighbour.

A MAN’s bid to change the colour of his garage door has upset a neighbour.

Graham Pattie wants to paint the door white to match the rest of his property off Fair Mile in Henley.

But John Bishop, who lives in neighbouring Pearce’s Orchard, insists it must stay dark brown to match all the garage doors in his road.

The change of colour needs planning permission because the property is in Henley’s main conservation area.

Mr Pattie explained why he wants to change the door colour in a letter to South Oxfordshire District Council.

He said: “Victorian Houses in the Fair Mile and the start of Pearce’s Orchard have a colour scheme that is fundamentally yellow brick, black slate and white painted woodwork and render.

“There are brown door garages in the Eighties development around the bend in Pearce’s Orchard and these cannot be seen when entering Pearce’s Orchard from the Fair Mile where the [house and] new garage are located. Its semi-detached neighbour, to which it most strongly relates, has a white garage door.”

Mr Pattie said his and his neighbour’s properties both have white garden gates as well as white woodwork and white-painted render.

He added: “While it can all be a matter of personal taste and not everyone will agree with everyone else, I do not see that there are sufficient grounds to maintain a condition for brown garage doors.”

Mr Bishop said: “When the original application was made we requested that the garage doors would be painted brown to conform with all the other garage doors in Pearce’s Orchard and this was accepted. This is much more relevant now since the garages now face Pearce’s Orchard instead of the rear of the main house.”

He added: “With the proximity of the passing traffic, white doors are not likely to remain white for long.”

The Henley Society has not objected to the application and another resident of Pearce’s Orchard said the colour change “makes sense”.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee recommended the application is approved by five votes to one.

Councillor David Silvester said: “I think white would look a lot better. It would match the light colour of the garage itself and all the paintwork on the house.”

A final decision will be made by the district council by November 11.

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