Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Glass firm under fire again over signs and extension plans

A BUSINESS has been accused of insulting Henley Town Council with an amended application for advertising

A BUSINESS has been accused of insulting Henley Town Council with an amended application for advertising signs.

Henley Glass had applied for planning permission for three signs in Greys Road car park at the rear of the firm’s premises.

The plans have now been scaled back to just one but members of the town council’s planning committee have once again objected.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Sam Evans said: “Yet again they insult the council. Businesses need to promote and advertise themselves but Greys Road cark park is not the place to do it.”

Last year the company was refused an application for red signs with yellow text and then lost an appeal. It had already put the signs in place so then had to remove them.



When it submitted its plans for three signs with black text on a white background Cllr Evans accused the firm of “blind rudeness”. South Oxfordshire District Council will make a decision on the amended application.

Meanwhile, the firm’s application for a first floor extension at its premises to provide more office space was criticised.

Councillor David Nimmo Smith said: “I am not anti-business but I think this is over the top for the site. It would look ghastly from the Greys Road car park.”

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said the scheme was “over-intensive” and Cllr Evans added: “They seem to think they are in an industrial area.”

The plans would see the overall floor space increase by 37sq m. A previous application to expand was rejected in March last year.

The latest application says the layout has been changed so that it is less bulky and the use of a glazed roof would “greatly improve” the appearance.

The committee agreed to object on the grounds of loss of privacy and light and that the proposal was un-neighbourly and over-development.



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