Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Residents lose fight against new home

RESIDENTS have lost their fight to stop a new house being built in Emmer Green.

RESIDENTS have lost their fight to stop a new house being built in Emmer Green.

An application by Coppid Farming Enterprises for outline permission for the property in Marchwood Avenue was approved by South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee by six votes to four.

The developer will now be able to submit full plans.

Permission had previously been granted in February 2010 but this expired earlier this year.

John Goodall, who lives in the adjoining Philimore Road and claimed to represent the views of his neighbours, told councillors: “The core strategy does not make provision for any such development.

“Once it starts, where is it going to stop? It could open the floodgates.”

“We also have the issue with the proximity of the adjoining dwelling. These dwellings are going to be very close together and obstruct each other. There will almost certainly be disputes between neighbours.”

Adrian Beales, of Savills, agents for Coppid Farming, said: “It’s a relatively modest application, we aren’t looking to develop any more houses.

“The plot rounds off this part of Emmer Green and is not an incursion into the countryside. It’s clearly in a sustainable location and we feel sure that it’s quite possible to design a dwelling to minimise the impact on neighbouring dwellings.”

Councillor John Cotton said the council was obliged to approve the application as it had done so in 2010.

He said: “The previous permission is very material and we’ve heard nothing that changes the position of the council three years ago.”

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