THE owners of a new home, which has been the subject of a planning battle, say they are fed up of an ongoing wrangle over where their property has been built.
The matter of 43 Red Lion Lane in Overton was discussed again by Overton Parish Council, which is to write to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council asking why no enforcement action has been taken. The councillors claim the house has encroached on to the Edward Kersley Playing Field – which is leased to the parish council from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The borough council has agreed to erect and pay for a fence to separate the property from the playing field.
But the new occupants, Angela and Graham Gould, say they are fed up with the row. Mr Gould, 62, pictured, said the parish council’s pursuit of the matter was “a gross abuse of public funds with no genuine positive outcome for the public interest”.
The father-of-four said the row was about a bank, right, which is steep and unusable. At the parish council meeting on January 9, a resident of Red Lion Lane – Sarah Mills – claimed the building of the property has resulted in a problem with parking along the street. Parish council chairman Tom Ridler said the council could not get involved in parking disputes.
But Overton borough councillor Paula Baker said: “I want to share the frustration of this. Through a series of planning applications, we were all led to expect that the outcome in relation to parking spaces and garden areas was going to be rather different than it has turned out, and I’m sorry that, having asked enforcement officers to look into it, they have come back and said there’s nothing they can do.”
Cllr Lucy Sloane Williams added: “The planning process has led to difficulties at community level so the borough council really are negligent.”
Councillors agreed to write to Tony Curtis, chief executive of the borough council, asking why enforcement action on the boundary has not been carried out.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that in May 2011 the borough council asked for the boundary to be reinstated as “a matter of urgency” or “further legal action” would be taken. But on Tuesday this week, borough communications officer Sophia Waite-King said Basingstoke and Deane council would not be taking any enforcement action in connection with the property.
Previously, Steve Smith, of DGS Developments, which built the property, said the position of the boundary had been agreed with a borough surveyor, and suggestions that it was incorrect by six feet were part of a “personal vendetta”.