North Oxford homes plan approved despite protests

A NEW house has been given planning permission in North Oxford despite dozens of objections from neighbours.

Residents opposed a plan to knock down a house in Blenheim Drive, off Woodstock Road, and replace it with two semi-detached homes.

At a meeting of the city council’s west area planning committee on Wednesday, Nigel Bray, who lives in the road, disagreed with a report by officers claiming the new house would be “comparable” with those nearby.

He said: “The proposal makes no sense in design terms and will do ever-lasting harm to Blenheim Drive.”

The deputy chairman of the committee, Wolvercote councillor John Goddard, agreed with Mr Bray and urged his colleagues to throw out the application.

He said: “To my mind this is unacceptable. It is not respectful of the street scene.

“This is a matter of opinion of course, but I think anyone who knows Blenheim Drive very well will know there is no other building in the existing street that looks remotely like what is being proposed.”

But only committee chairman Oscar Van Nooijen and Green Party councillor Elise Benjamin joined him in voting against the proposed development.

The existing house is divided into two flats but as part of the plans this building will be demolished and replaced by one building containing two five-bedroom family homes with car parking and a cycle store.

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At the meeting, Nik Lyzba, the applicant’s agent, said: “This is not an unusual proposal in this part of North Oxford.”

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9:53pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Richie24 says...

I thought Blenheim Drive had a covenant from the Blenheim Estate restricting each plot to one house or can they get away with it as this property is 2 flats?
I thought Blenheim Drive had a covenant from the Blenheim Estate restricting each plot to one house or can they get away with it as this property is 2 flats? Richie24

3:34am Sun 16 Dec 12

Myron Blatz says...

Yes, but 'Richie24' think of the rental potential as an HMO and/or short lets - TEN possible rooms to let to students, and the potential of converting the 'cycle store' into a self-contained flat with en-suite, maybe? Or the building could be redeveloped by an housiing association, some of whom across the UK hage the reputation of squeezing amazing numbers of dwellings into any given site - regardless of whether people can live in them!
Yes, but 'Richie24' think of the rental potential as an HMO and/or short lets - TEN possible rooms to let to students, and the potential of converting the 'cycle store' into a self-contained flat with en-suite, maybe? Or the building could be redeveloped by an housiing association, some of whom across the UK hage the reputation of squeezing amazing numbers of dwellings into any given site - regardless of whether people can live in them! Myron Blatz

7:31pm Sun 16 Dec 12

parvinder msvarency says...

Seeing as there is a severe shortage of £million+ homes in North Oxford, this had to be allowed, you can't expect the prospective owners to even contemplate having to live in Cowley, can you? But seriously if you drive up Woodstock Road you will see a lot of conversions and new builds totally out of character with the rest of the road, so there was really no argument to be had on this one. Blenheim drive itself is a mix of nondescript thirties houses, and quite a few 1960s houses that would not be out of place in Blackbird Leys, complete with metal window frames, not really a street that needs preserving.
Seeing as there is a severe shortage of £million+ homes in North Oxford, this had to be allowed, you can't expect the prospective owners to even contemplate having to live in Cowley, can you? But seriously if you drive up Woodstock Road you will see a lot of conversions and new builds totally out of character with the rest of the road, so there was really no argument to be had on this one. Blenheim drive itself is a mix of nondescript thirties houses, and quite a few 1960s houses that would not be out of place in Blackbird Leys, complete with metal window frames, not really a street that needs preserving. parvinder msvarency

11:30pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Myron Blatz says...

Waste of time, Parvinder - people in North Oxford would probably rather take in laundry if they ever fell on hard times, than relocate to Blackbird Leys - even though it apparently has the best bus service frequency outside central London!
Waste of time, Parvinder - people in North Oxford would probably rather take in laundry if they ever fell on hard times, than relocate to Blackbird Leys - even though it apparently has the best bus service frequency outside central London! Myron Blatz

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