Sunday, 17 December 2017

Father in new bid to retain climbing frame

A MAN is continuing to fight to keep his children’s climbing frame in his front garden.

A MAN is continuing to fight to keep his children’s climbing frame in his front garden.

John Goldader has re-applied for restrospective planning permission for the wooden equipment at his home in Greys Road, Henley, but this time at one side.

In November he lost an appeal against a decision by South Oxfordshire District Council to refuse him retrospective permission for the 11ft 5in high climbing frame at the front of the house.

The equipment was a Christmas gift to his children and consists of a playhouse, slide and pole.

The council said it was “disruptive” to the street scene and “contrary to the established pattern and character of development in the area”.



In her appeal decision, government inspector Isobel McCretton called the frame an “obtrusive” feature which was not characteristic of front gardens in the area.

She said: “It protrudes above the boundary hedge and is visible in the views along Greys Road and Elizabeth Road where it is an incongruous element in the street scene, out of character with the general view of mainly detached houses with well-planted front gardens.”

The family’s house was left without a back garden after planning permission was granted in 2004 for a single home in the then rear garden.

Mr Goldader is the chief executive of start-up company MyGravity.

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