Altered plan rejected for same reasons

AN application to build two homes in Grove Street has been turned down by councillors.

Oxford City Council’s West Area Planning Committee rejected the plan at a meeting on Wednesday night.

The council received a petition of 22 signatures against the scheme, voicing fears about the impact on traffic, loss of light and the homes overlooking neighbours’ properties.

The city council turned down a plan to build two homes on the site earlier this year and the new application was an alteration of these plans.

Councillor Anne-Marie Canning said: “This scheme is only marginally different from what we have seen before and I still think we have all the same grounds for refusal.”

But the empty site, formerly North Oxford Grove House Club, already has planning permission to build one four-bedroom house and three three-bedroom homes on it.

Councillor John Tanner said: “It seems to me that because a previous committee has granted permission for four houses we have not got a leg to stand on.”

The plan was rejected because it overlooked neighbouring homes and would be over-development of the site.

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