A MAN whose bungalow was flooded two years ago wants to replace it with a new raised home.
Mark Bond has applied for planning permission from Wokingham Borough Council to demolish his property to make way for a four-bedroom house built on stilts.
Mr Bond, a music manager, was forced to leave the bungalow in Loddon Drive, Wargrave, at Christmas 2013 when it under 2ft of water. It was the third time the property had flooded since 2005.
Mr Bond had to stay with friends in London before his insurance company paid for temporary accommodation in Greys Hill, Henley.
The bungalow is 75cm off the ground on brick piers with timber beams supporting it. Mr Bond says the bungalow is approaching the end of its useful life and is beyond “economic repair”.
He wants the new property, which would be one-storey, to be twice as high off the ground as well as having a new “floodable” garage.
He says it would not impact on neighbours or the environment and that the “peaceful nature of the site would be retained”.
A decision will be made by the council next month.