Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Plan for new homes at marina

PARISH councillors have objected to plans for three new homes at a Wargrave marina.

PARISH councillors have objected to plans for three new homes at a Wargrave marina.

David Bushnell, who runs Bushnells Marina in Thameside, has applied for planning permission to demolish two existing homes and a garage to create the new four- bedroom houses.

He would also create access points off Watermans Way.

His application to Wokingham Borough Council says: “The site has good accessibility for both vehicles and pedestrians from both Loddon Drive and Watermans Way.

“The principally residential nature of the surrounding area means that further residential development is highly contextual.

“The railway creates both a visual and a physical barrier to the west, albeit the residential nature of the area continues on along Loddon Drive beyond.”

However, at a meeting on Monday Wargrave Parish Council resolved to object on the basis of bulk and mass and that the development would have an overbearing impact on the street scene.

Councillor Andrew Luckwell said three residents of Watermans Way had objected to the location of the properties and how close two of them would be.

“It’s overbearing and too high,” he said.

Councillor Marion Pope added: “The rest of the properties in Watermans Way have got larger areas.”

Chairman Richard Bush said: “The more I look at it the more it looks cramped.”

The borough council will make a decision on the application next month.

Meanwhile, the council has approved plans for a slipway at a house in Charvil.

Christopher Butcher, of Thames Drive, plans to use the slipway for his dinghy.

The council also approved an application to convert a garage in Thornbers Way, Charvil, into habitable accommodation, including the removal of garage doors to install a window.

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