Friday, 27 November 2020

New house ‘extremely unwelcome precedent’

COUNCILLORS in Sonning Common have opposed plans for a new home as “inappropriate”.

COUNCILLORS in Sonning Common have opposed plans for a new home as “inappropriate”.

Woolf Bond Planning, of Reading, has submitted an application for the three- bedroom house in Woodlands Road.

The two-storey property would be built in the garden of an adjoining property with shared access from Woodlands Road and two parking spaces.

Sonning Common Parish Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to recommend the plan is rejected by South Oxfordshire District Council, saying there was a “great deal of concern” among residents in the area. The committee said the house would be out of character with the area and would set an “extremely unwelcome” precedent.

It would have an adverse affect on the local landscape and be over-development of the site with “inadequate” parking that was likely to lead to parking overspill on Woodlands Road, “thereby compromising visibility and affecting the safety of drivers and pedestrians”.

The committee said the development would also affect the privacy of other neighbours, be detrimental to the drainage system and be contrary to the Sonning Common neighbourhood development plan.

It added: “The planning committee is not opposed to the principle of there being some development on this site, perhaps a sympathetically done extension.

“However, this proposal is wholly inappropriate for the site, contrary to numerous planning policies, and is causing a great deal of local concern.”

The house would have accommodation in the roof space with a “hipped” roof to match the heights of neighbouring properties. Woolf Bond Planning says the development would “maintain the physical and visual quality of its surroundings and preserve the residential amenity of nearby properties” and it satisfied local and national planning policies.

The parking spaces would include space for vehicles to turn whereas currently drivers had to reverse out the driveway.”

It said neither the new house nor the existing home on the site would suffer loss of amenity because both had “generous” gardens.

A decision will be made by the district council next month.

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