Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Summer house plan rejected

A BUSINESSMAN’S bid to turn his summer house into a holiday let has been rejected following

A BUSINESSMAN’S bid to turn his summer house into a holiday let has been rejected following complaints.

Paul Gibbons wanted planning permission for guests to stay overnight at the detached timber property off High Street, Whitchurch, which is behind several homes.

At present, the two-storey building can only be used for “leisure and recreational purposes”.

Mr Gibbons, from Pangbourne, who co-founded Auto Trader magazine with Sir John Madejski, described his proposal as a “modest variation” of the restrictions and said he didn’t want the summer house to become a “primary residence”.

He said his proposal would support tourism in the area.



However, nine neighbours objected because the summer house is accessed via a public footpath across their gardens.

They said it would affect their privacy and spoil their enjoyment of their land as well as generating noise.

They were supported by Whitchurch Parish Council, which said the proposal would undoubtedly alter the character of the area.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee rejected the application despite a recommendation by officers to approve it.

Keith Brooks, who chairs the parish council, said he was pleased with the outcome.

Mr Gibbons did not respond to a request for comment.



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