Friday, 12 August 2022

Six flats to be built on bank site

A FORMER bank in Sonning Common is to be demolished to make way for housing.

Developer Stephen McCabe, of London, has been given permission for six flats on the former NatWest site in Peppard Road.

There will be three blocks, each with a ground floor garden flat with one bedoom and a two-bedroom flat above.

The development will have nine car parking spaces and six cycle parking spaces which will be accessed from Sedgewell Road.

Adrian Duffield, head of planning at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The proposal makes more efficient use of previously developed land and the district council is satisfied, on balance, that the scheme would not materially harm the character and appearance of the street scene in this part of Sonning Common.

“The proposal is also considered acceptable in terms of its impact upon highway safety and the amenity of the neighbouring properties.”

The bank closed in August 2014 despite a campaign by residents to save it. NatWest said customers had stopped using it, with only 29 people going into the branch every week.

Last year, Sainsbury’s enquired about buying the site for a supermarket.

In March the cash machine, which had been retained, was blown out of the wall by raiders using gas canisters who escaped with a large sum of money.

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