Saturday, 12 June 2021

Appeal over five homes rejected

AN appeal against the rejection of plans for five new houses and a bungalow in Peppard has been dismissed.

Mrs J Westrope and Mrs S Evans had applied for outline planning permission to develop the garden of a bungalow off Grange Avenue and to demolish the existing property. 

South Oxfordshire District Council refused consent as it said the development would extend the village envelope and detract from the character of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Now planning inspector Richard Aston has upheld the council’s decision.

The applicants argued the new housing would be infill but Mr Aston, who visited the site, said the development would be on grassland that included a number of mature trees.

He said: “I found the site to essentially have the appearance of an open and mown field rather than a maintained formal garden area and it has a strong connection to the open countryside and a rural character and appearance that positively contributes to the AONB and the landscape setting of Rotherfield Peppard.”

He agreed with the district council that knocking down and replacing the bungalow on the site would be acceptable.

Mr Aston said: “The council does not object to the principle of the replacement dwelling as they consider it to constitute infill.

“Whatever the case may be, the council also considers that the design would be acceptable, it would be in keeping with the character and appearance of the area and would not harm highway safety or the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers.”

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