Thursday, 05 August 2021

Neighbour objects to 3m garden room

A WOMAN says her neighbour’s plan to build a garden room for his children would block sunlight coming into her garden.

Catherine Lamb says the proposed timber building at Nicholas Blades’s home in Victoria Road, Wargrave, is “extremely high” and would leave her patio, which was built specifically to catch the sun, in the shade in the afternoon and evening.

Mr Blades wants to build the 3m tall structure at the bottom of his garden and move a shed closer to the house.

Mrs Lamb told a meeting of Wargrave Parish Council: “We use our patio for late-afternoon sunlight and this will put our garden in the shade from mid-afternoon onwards.

“It’s also the proximity, which will give us a sense of enclosure when in our garden.

“It’s extremely high, nearly 11ft, and when I showed him the proposed roof compared to our weather vane he was quite surprised.

“The garden is sloped so it might go on higher land still.

“Neighbouring gardens only have small greenhouses or sheds and this could set a precedent.”

Councillor Marion Pope said: “I have no problems except perhaps the height. It’s a fairly high, pointed-roofed building and whether they can lower that to a degree I don’t know.”

Councillor Philip Davies said: “I think the height is overbearing.”

Councillor Angela Cordell added: “It does seem huge but people want space, especially if they have teenagers.”

Chairman Richard Bush said the buildling was “big” but added: “I’m finding it difficult to see how the sun coming round in the summer, when it’s high in the sky, would mean that garden would be in the shade.”

Councillors agreed to oppose the application on the grounds of the building being too tall.

A decision will be made by Wokingham Borough Council later this month.

Meanwhile, Chris and Christina Leppard, of Ridgeway, Wargrave, have been refused permission to build a two-storey front and side extension as well as a single-storey extension to create a garden store.

The borough council said the bulk and mass would have a “detrimental” impact on the street scene and the character of the area. The parish council had not objected.

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