Thursday, 26 November 2020

Village’s first three-storey house refused

PERMISSION to build a six-bedroom house in Chalkhouse Green has been refused.

PERMISSION to build a six-bedroom house in Chalkhouse Green has been refused.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee rejected plans to replace a two-storey home in Tanners Lane with a three- storey building and a detached double garage.

The old house was demolished due to subsidence in the driveway caused by old mine workings.

An application in July was approved but these plans included roof light windows rather than dormer windows.

Kidmore End Parish Council opposed the latest application, saying it would be an overdevelopment of the site and was out of keeping with the rest of the road.

It would have been the first three-storey house in Chalkhouse Green.

The proposed dormer windows would overlook a neighbouring property and the building would block out the afternoon sun due to its height.

Neighbour Bettina Kirkham told the committee: “By allowing the dormer windows you get a significant increase in the impact of the scale of the development. Other properties in the area are much smaller. We all have low roofs, smaller houses and bigger plots.

“For this reason the proposed development is out of character with our end of Tanners Lane and totally inappropriate in this area.”

Planning agent Craig Tucker said the type of windows made no difference to the material impact on neighbours and the dormer windows would be more appealing architecturally.

But Councillor Elizabeth Gillespie said the dormer windows made it far more evident that it was a three-storey building.

Councillor Rob Simister, who represents the Shiplake ward on the district council, recommended the plans were approved.

Councillor Mike Welpy called it a “hideous building” but supported the application on planning grounds.

“The building in fact has not changed in height since the last application, which we approved,” he said.

The committee rejected the application by seven votes to two.

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