Thursday, 19 July 2018

Disabled man's second bid for planning

A DISABLED man has made another bid to build a new house in Loddon Drive, Wargrave.

A DISABLED man has made another bid to build a new house in Loddon Drive, Wargrave.

Parish councillors are opposed to Jeffrey Gosling??s plans, saying the four-bedroom house would too big.

In 2013, Mr Gosling was refused planning permission to demolish a house and outbuildings at Watershed and build a new house.

Five people objected to the application to Wokingham Borough Council, claiming the new house would be too big and look like a hotel.

Now Mr Gosling, who uses a wheelchair, has submitted new plans for a house which would be raised above flood level and have ramps so he could access it.

He also wants to redirect the Wargrave Court Backwater, which runs through the site, to create a wet dock.

Wargrave Parish Council has recommended the application is refused on the grounds of bulk and mass and the impact on neighbours.

Councillor Marion Pope said the new design was ??far better?� than the previous one and that realignment of the backwater was agreeable if it was done properly.

But Councillor Philip Davies said he was ??horrified?� at the size of the proposed house.

Tim Dore, who lives in Loddon Drive with his wife Sarah Pomeranz, complained that the new house would be much bigger that the current one and would overlook their property.

Mike and Nicki Ryan, who live in Mill Lane on the opposite side of the River Thames, said the house would also overlook their property.

Mr Gosling says that the overall increase in volume would be 22 per cent and the house would be ??hardly noticeable?� to neighbours as it would be screened by trees.

The borough council will make a final decision later this month.

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