Friday, 18 August 2017

Couple’s fresh bid to build in garden

A COUPLE have re-applied for permission to build a four-bedroom house in their garden.

A COUPLE have re-applied for permission to build a four-bedroom house in their garden.

Clive and Susanna Rose, of Rotherfield Road, Henley, are facing objections from neighbours and town councillors.

A previous application was refused by South Oxfordshire District Council on the grounds that it would not be in keeping with the character of the area, although a planning officer conceded there was room to build in the 1,800 sq m garden.

The revised plans are for a smaller, chalet-style house.

Stephen and Alison Miller, whose home is 10m from the site, have written to the council to object.

They said about 25 property owners in the area had room to build detached homes in their gardens but they hadn’t moved to the area to see this happen.

“Inevitably major infill, and what we consider to be over-development, fundamentally changes the character of the area, well beyond the limits of the specific area,” they said.

Trevor Brewer, of Harpsden Way, said traffic would increase on a road where there was already a problem with drivers speeding.

Dieter Hinke, chairman of the town council’s planning committee, said: “It is slightly reduced in size but doesn’t make much difference. It’s a very prominent site. This would be totally out of character.”

Councillor Sam Evans said: “It’s unneighbourly on every level.”

Councillor Lorraine Hillier said approval could lead to more applications for backland developments.

The committee voted to recommend that the application is refused.

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