Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Man appeals over refusal of ‘infill’ development

AN APPEAL is to be heard over plans for a new house in Woodlands Road, Sonning Common.

AN APPEAL is to be heard over plans for a new house in Woodlands Road, Sonning Common.

Cliff Readings has appealed against South Oxfordshire District Council’s decision to refuse his application for the three-bedroom property, which would be built in the garden of a bungalow.

He claims that council planning officer Tom Wyatt’s report on the plans was incorrect.

Mr Wyatt wrote: “The site is not an infill site and the principle of a new dwelling on the site is unacceptable. The proposal would extend built development closer to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty adjoining the site and would have an urbanising impact on the edge of this designated area.”

Mr Readings’ appeal says: “The principle of this development is acceptable as it is within the settlement boundary of Sonnning Common and it would not extend development into the countryside.



“It has been demonstrated that the proposal is infill development, which is accepted by policy. The character of the area is residential and includes established backland development behind properties along Woodlands Road. The proposed development would be in keeping with this.

“Furthermore, the site is well screened by mature vegetation which would prevent the development having an urbanising impact on the edge of the designated area. The landscape and setting of the AONB would be conserved.”

Thirty-three people have registered objections to the plans. Sonning Common Parish Council recommended refusal on the grounds of protection of the countryside, landscape structure and conservation.



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