Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Residents object to estate fence alongside bridleway

THE new owner of Coombe Park in Whitchurch has been told to submit a retrospective planning application after erecting a metal fence along part of his boundary.

David Pain, who bought the 125-acre derelict country estate off Manor Road last year, has put up a dark green fence with spike-topped posts along a section adjoining Hartslock Bridleway.

Residents have complained that it spoils views of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the bridleway, which is part of the Thames Path between the village and Goring.

They are also concerned that it is located at the very edge of the road so leaves no space for pedestrians to let vehicles pass.

Now South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, has said Mr Pain must seek planning permission because the fence is more than 2m high.

He has agreed to do so and says it was always his intention to plant laurel alongside the fence to obscure it and improve views along the path.

Whitchurch Parish Council, which complained on residents’ behalf, says it will comment once the planning application has been submitted.

The 19th century estate, which housed wounded American servicemen during the Second World War, hadn’t been maintained for decades when it was put up for sale for
£10 million in 2010.

Last year its previous owner, a company called Twinsectra, had to hire security guards after repeated break-ins at the manor house by vandals who set fires and broke
windows.

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