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Council objects again to house as ‘too big’
Published 21/07/14

PLANS to build a five- bedroom house in Loddon Drive, Wargrave, have again been opposed by the parish council.

Developer Palatine Homes wants to demolish two existing buildings on the site of Meadswood to make way for the new property.

In June, councillors spoke out against the company’s application, saying the house would be “too big”.

Palatine has amended its plans but at a meeting last week the council said that despite the changes, the property would still be too large for the plot.

Members said the building would be too tall and overlook neighbouring properties. They also had concerns about the size of an 190 sq m outdoor decking area on the first floor.

Palatine says the house would be raised 2.2m off the ground as the site on a flood plain. Under the new plans, it would reach 9.4m in height compared with 10m in the original plan. The existing property is 9m. In a written response to Wokingham Borough Council, the council objected to the amended application on the grounds that “the bulk and mass of the proposal is incompatible with the location”.

It also recommended that if the plans are approved, existing development rights are removed and a boundary be planted.

In its original application, Palatine said: “The existing dwelling has been extended many times on an ad-hoc basis and for many years has been poorly maintained.

“The proposal seeks to replace the existing dwelling with a single residential unit with less bulk and of an appearance that is more in keeping with other properties on Loddon Drive.”

The company said the existing dwellings were at the end of their useful life and beyond repair and were susceptible to flooding.

In 2012, the borough refused permission for two new homes on the site on the grounds it would be an “urbanised form of development”.

Published 21/07/14

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