Saturday, 21 July 2018

Neighbours put end to house plan

PLANS for a four—bedroom house in Wargrave have been scrapped after complaints from residents.

PLANS for a four—bedroom house in Wargrave have been scrapped after complaints from residents.

Paul Stanton and his wife Jan wanted to build the house in the garden of their home in School Lane.

They said the development would be a “natural rounding off” of the site and “would not involve any outward incursion into open countryside or cause any harm to the character and appearance of Wargrave’s conservation area, or to the residential amenities of occupiers of any of the neighbouring properties”.

But they withdrew the plans earlier this month after neighbours and councillors said the home was too big and would overlook nearby properties.

They also said it could lead to traffic problems on School Lane and should not be allowed as the site was in a conservation area.

Gillian Combes, of High Street, said building in the gardens of houses in that part of the village would set a “difficult precedent” and that the house should be “vigorously protected”.

David Griffiths, of School Lane, added that the house had been designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. He said: “There are not many properties with the distinction and integrity of this property.

“It has been maintained in keeping with the origins of the build and in a conservation area this should continue to be valued.”

At a meeting in June, parish councillors decided to object to the development due to its bulk and mass and the detrimental impact on neighbouring properties.

They also said the house went against planning guidelines in the village and would result in an increase in traffic which would impact on road safety.

An application to build a boat house and studio in Willow Lane, Wargrave was also withdrawn.

James McCabe had wanted to demolish his existing garage to build the new structure but withdrew the plans in June.

A certificate of lawful use has also been approved for a fishing platform at a home in Charvil.

Christopher Butcher was given permission to continue using the 1.8m—long platform, which can also be used as a landing stage, on land off Thames Drive, after he proved it had been in use for more than four years.

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