Thursday, 17 August 2017

’Rebuild’ proposals under fire

PLANS for a redesign of a house in Kingwood Common have been criticised.

PLANS for a redesign of a house in Kingwood Common have been criticised.

Norman Perkins, of Kingwood Common, has applied to demolish the first floor and them rebuild it, adding two more bedrooms.

The ceilings of the property would be lifted, raising the roof ridge by 1.3m and there would be a double-storey entrance lobby and two more bathrooms.

Judith Crockett, chairwoman of the Henley and Mapledurham district of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said the changes to the entrance lobby, which would have full-height glazed windows, could cause light pollution.

She said: "If there are great views into the protected habitat, there will also be light spillage from the full height windows into this habitat, which it will not be possible to prevent totally by curtains or blinds. Light pollution is harmful to wildlife and the landscape of the area of outstanding natural beauty."



Graham Parnum, of Kingwood Common, said noise from previous developments in the area had been "intolerable" and asked the district council to guarantee that the track leading to his home would be restored to its previous condition should permission be granted.



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