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Developer wins appeal to build homes on gardens
6:10pm Monday 28th January 2013 in News
A DEVELOPER has won an appeal for six “bizarre” and “dreadful” Botley homes on back gardens.
Cardinal Homes has overturned Vale of White Horse District Council’s refusal of the plan off Eynsham Road.
The Planning Inspectorate went against the council and approved the plan on appeal for three detached and three terraced homes with access from Marley Close.
The council said the scheme was “visually harmful” and “not compatible with or sympathetic to the character of the surrounding area”.
Fifteen residents and a 32-signature petition objected to the council with concerns about “overdevelopment”, parking and extra traffic.
But the inspectorate said the council was failing to get enough homes built to meet demand for the next five years and this counted in the plan’s favour.
It also does not have a policy against development of garden land and the scheme would make “more efficient use of land in this built up area”. Marley Close – a new community of eight homes – would be widened from 4.2 metres to 4.7 metres so two cars will be able to pass through the area at any one time.
It said: “Even in its enlarged form, Marley Close would remain a quiet, secluded, backland enclave.”
Marley Close resident Mehran Sahranavad told the council it would change the street to a “housing estate from a small cluster of houses at present”.
The council’s architects panel said the plan was a “bizarre arrangement with “dreadful” passages.
The council agreed it would be “visually harmful”.
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