Saturday, 28 November 2020

Neighbour opposes plan for two homes

A WOMAN has complained that she will suffer loss of light under plans to redevelop a

A WOMAN has complained that she will suffer loss of light under plans to redevelop a neighouring property.

Neil Harvey has applied for planning permission to knock down a house in Horsepond Road, Gallowstree Common, and build two four- bedroom properties in its place.

Neighbour Romana Callis says the development would have a detrimental effect on her property.

She said: “The scale and bulk of the buildings will result in loss of light to the back of my property.

“The proposed houses extend the entire length of my back garden and the height of the properties will reduce my light.

“I raise concerns over the study window, which will overlook my property and give sight into my bedroom windows. In my opinion, this is backland filling and over-development, although it is a large site.”

The Henley and Mapledurham District branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has also  objected.

In a letter to South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, chairwoman Judith Crockett said: “There is extensive glazing to the gable ends of the houses which is likely to cause widespread light pollution in this rural area.

“CPRE campaigns to minimise the harmful effects of light pollution and promotes the retention of dark skies wherever possible.”

Kidmore End Parish Council has expressed no strong views on the application but asked that Mr Harvey be mindful of his neighbour’s comments.

The design and access statement for the application says: “The design of this building looks to develop a language and form that is suitable for new buildings in a rural environment.

“While paying close attention to the council’s policies and design guides, we are seeking to produce a building which reinterprets the traditional forms characteristic of the area in a simple, contemporary manner.”

The district council will make a decision on the application by October 20.

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