Monday, 19 March 2012

Appeal over home-on-garden plan

AN appeal has been lodged after permission was refused for plans to knock down an Avenue Road, Dorridge bungalow for a six-bedroom house.

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Applicant Hari Thind has appealed to The Planning Inspectorate over Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s January decision.

Its planning committee threw out the scheme despite its officer recommending approval.

They said the home would be “overbearing” on neighbours and too big.

Brian Hill, who lives at number 72, told councillors in January the home would be “highly visually intrusive, oppressive, overbearing when viewed from our rear garden”.

Mr Hill said: “We have been disadvantaged so our neighbour can build an ambitious property.”

Five neighbours opposed the plan with concerns over its visual impact and loss of trees.

But a council planning officer told members: “While there would be an impact on number 72, it is considered that that impact would not be sufficiently harmful for a recommendation of refusal.”

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