Monday, 23 October 2017

Plan to demolish secluded cottage

A COUPLE want to demolish an eight-bedroom thatched cottage overlooking Whitchurch.

A COUPLE want to demolish an eight-bedroom thatched cottage overlooking Whitchurch.

Barry and Gillian Rubery, from Mortimer, have submitted a planning application to knock down Firhill Plantation off High Street and build a large house in its place.

The three-storey cottage was built in the Thirties in the arts and crafts style and has 36 acres of grounds.

Last year, Mr and Mrs Rubery were granted permission to extend it.

The couple’s agents, the Day Tanner Partnership of Caversham, say the existing house is of “no historic or architectural significance” and too cramped for a modern family. The heating bills are said to be more than £10,000 a year.

The new house would have six bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, and a gymnasium in the basement.

Day Tanner says: “The proposal offers the opportunity to replace a poorly laid out house that doesn’t take proper advantage of its environment with a stunning family residence.”

South Oxfordshire District Council will decide on the application. Whitchurch Parish Council does not object because the cottage is in a secluded location.

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