A SHOPKEEPER has failed in his bid to rebuild his store with four new flats above it.
Amardeep Takhar wanted to demolish the Takhar Wine Mart in Greys Road and construct a new building with a shop and pharmacy on the ground floor and the flats on two upper floors.
South Oxfordshire District Council refused his application, saying the development would have “excessive bulk and massing” which would detract from the character and appearance of the area.
Adrian Duffield, head of planning, said flats in The Close would lose light and outlook and there would be no additional off-street parking for the occupants of the new flats.
Mr Takhar, who has run the business for the last 10 years, has said the shop hasn’t been refurbished in 25 years.
It currently has an off-licence, convenience store and newsagents as well as a two-bedroom flat above.