Saturday, 31 July 2021

Neighbours object to home plan

A MAN’S plans to turn a disused garden in the Wargrave conservation area into a house have been opposed by neighbours.

Mark Weatherlake wants to demolish a greenhouse and sheds in The Bothy and to build a new three-bedroom house.

But neighbours say they are worried about construction traffic on the private road and that access to the site is a problem.

Speaking at a meeting of Wargrave Parish Council, Stuart Muir said: “The issue is both of access during construction and continued problems it would cause given the dimensions of the access as currently stands.”

Keith Pitchford said: “My concerns are the integrity of the road itself and its capacity to handle construction traffic.

“In 2011 I found it necessary to replace the retaining wall which holds the road up. We could have that problem again due to construction traffic going through.

“We had to pick up responsibility for the wall and that’s not something I want to do again.”

Architect Bill Gething said Mr Weatherlake would repair any damage to the road.

He said: “It is a very beautiful place but what we have tried to do is design a home that is sensitive to neighbours and the setting and reflects the conservation area.

“One of the other things we are trying to do is create a zero carbon house, which is quite rare nowadays.”

Councillors voted to recommend to Wokingham Borough Council that the application is refused.

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