Monday, 16 July 2018

Developer wins fight to convert garage into home

A DEVELOPER has won an appeal to convert a garage into a two-bedroom home.

A DEVELOPER has won an appeal to convert a garage into a two-bedroom home.

Russell Smith, of Newtown Gardens, Henley, was refused permission by South Oxfordshire District Council but that decision has been overturned by a planning inspector.

Henley Town Council and neighbours had objected, claiming the conversion would be over-development of the site, unneighbourly and inappropriate.

Inspector Martin Andrews said: “As this side of the road is comprised of modestly-sized, single-storey garages in order to accommodate the parking and storage needs of the mainly two-storey houses opposite, ostensibly it is counter-intuitive for one of them to become a dwelling.

“However, under closer scrutiny, I consider that the scheme has a couple of advantages. First and foremost is the provision of what is likely to be an inexpensive dwelling in a sustainable location. This would be a small but nonetheless worthwhile addition to the housing stock in the area.

“Secondly, I consider that a somewhat unsightly building would have its appearance improved by the addition of the roof, the changes to the front elevation and the construction of an adjoining patio. These alterations would improve the street scene, especially as the building is directly in view to anyone travelling to or through Newtown Gardens from Reading Road.”

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