Monday, 21 August 2017

Climbing frame row man tries again

A MAN has been accused of having a lack of respect for the planning process after submitting a second application to keep a children’s climbing frame in his garden

A MAN has been accused of having a lack of respect for the planning process after submitting a second application to keep a children’s climbing frame in his garden.

John Goldader has re-applied for retrospective 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 appeal inspector said it was “disruptive” to the street scene and “contrary to the established pattern and character of development in the area”.



Now Henley town council’s planning committe has recommended the latest application is also refused.

Mayor Martin Akehurst said: “It’s still above the fence and very visible.”

Councillor Sam Evans accused Mr Goldader, chief executive of start-up company MyGravity, of having a “complete lack of respect for the planning process”.

She said: “He knows what the process is and has ignored it. We talk about preserving the entrances to the town and it’s such a prominent property that I can’t support this.”

Councillor David Silvester said he saw no problem with the equipment, which was a Christmas gift from Mr Goldader to his children and consists of a playhouse, slide and pole.

He said: “I think it’s a perfectly healthy piece of equipment and gives the children a lot of fun.

“Why should a climbing frame be so unnatural to look at? I would let them have it and end the argument.”

Mr Goldader said that despite losing his appeal, the climbing frame was still in his front garden.

He added: “We’ve done everything in accordance with planning regulations.”

The district council will consider the application later this month.



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