Sunday, 29 November 2020

This is Henley, not New York, says neighbour

A MAN has criticised plans to build two houses next door to his, saying it would

A MAN has criticised plans to build two houses next door to his, saying it would be more like living in New York than Henley.

Hinton Developments has applied for planning permission to demolish a house in St Mark’s Road and build two semi-detached dwellings in its place.

But neighbour Mark Gloyens told a meeting of the town council’s planning committee that this would be “massive” overdevelopment.

He said: “It’s going to have a huge, huge impact on us.

“It’s going to have a serious impact on light we receive in the living room, the kitchen and on the patio. It would be more like living in New York City than Henley.”

Mr Gloyens said his biggest concern was the depth of the proposed houses, which he claimed would be effectively three storeys.

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak agreed, saying: “They should tear up this plan and bring back one that recognises the existing footprint of the house they are going to demolish.”

The committee recommended that the application is refused by South Oxfordshire District Council.

The Henley Society has also objected on the grounds of overdevelopment, as have several other neighbours.

Meawhile, an empty property in Henley could be used as accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

Oxfordshire County Council, which provides adult social care, has leased the property in West Street and a neighbouring building which already provides supported living for six people, from the NHS.

A council spokesman said the empty property would be used for supported living and made available to “very low-need, high ability independent people”.

Over the years, it has had a number of uses, including as accommodation for nursing staff at Townlands Hospital.

The district council has to approve the plans.

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