Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Man loses new home appeal

A MAN has lost his appeal to build a new house in Sonning Common.

A MAN has lost his appeal to build a new house in Sonning Common.

Cliff Readings, of Woodlands Road, was refused permission to build the three-bedroom house in his garden.

He appealed but now a planning inspector has upheld the decision by South Oxfordshire District Council.

Amanda Blicq said she did not consider the new house to be “infill” development.

She said: “Within a rough 35m radius of the proposed dwelling, there would be existing buildings only on two sides. Consequently, I disagree with the premise that the appeal plot is a small gap site closely surrounded by buildings.”

She also said the development would cause noise disturbance to neighbours, adding: “The effect would be particularly noticeable given that the rear gardens are so tranquil and properties currently back on to open countryside.”

Ms Blicq said the development would cause harm to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to its proximity.

She said: “The field on its own is not a particularly scenic element of the AONB but it is nevertheless within the designation. While I acknowledge that there would not be substantial harm, the development would have a detrimental impact on established views from the AONB.

“Consequently, there would be a significant adverse impact on the character and appearance of the amenity space behind the road frontages and some adverse effect on the setting of the AONB.”

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