Thursday, 11 August 2022

Neighbours object to new house

A COUPLE’S plans to build a house for their daughter in the grounds of their home are “intolerable and unacceptable”, says neighbours.

Nigel and Pamela Kermode’s daughter Catherine has learning difficulties and the couple say the new property would allow her to live “independently” but they would still be close by if she needed them.

But their neighbours in Western Road, Janet Waters and her husband Peter Reader, say the proposed house would be too big for the plot and would impact on their property.

Speaking at a meeting of Henley Town Council’s planning committee, Mrs Waters said: “It’s on a very small, narrow plot which in our view abuts very closely to the property boundary. It’s out of keeping, very tall and gets very close to our boundary.”

Mr Reader said: “When our neighbours first suggested that they were exploring building accommodation for their daughter to make her more independent we thought this might be an annexe to the existing property. This would have caused us minimal concern.

“When we saw the plans we were shocked and concerned. The situation is completely intolerable and unacceptable.”

Councillors agreed that the house was out of keeping with the area and recommended the plans are refused by South Oxfordshire District Council.

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “In any way you look at this it’s shoehorned in and spoils the character of the area.”

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