Civic chiefs deny Winchester family's plans to extend St Cross home

Basingstoke Gazette: Civic chiefs deny Winchester family's plans to extend St Cross home Civic chiefs deny Winchester family's plans to extend St Cross home

A FAMILY in Winchester have been denied planning permission for their home after civic chiefs refused their plans to extend.

Planning chiefs said the two-storey extension at their property on St. Cross was not in keeping with the surrounding areas, despite having agreed to the family’s single-storey extension some five years before.

Cllr Iain Tait said: “Some members here may recall in December 2007 when the corner extension was discussed. I believe that has been a great success, it’s been well received locally and it was the right decision of the committee. This is a contemporary design but I think this is right for the applicant’s needs.

“I fully accept the comments of the conservation officer but there’s a significant degree of opinion here. I think it’s a very good proposal.”

The applicant, Robin Galloway, said he had lived at the property with his wife and children since 2006 and wanted to extend their living quarters. The two-storey extension included a dining room on the ground floor, a studio on the second, and a flat roof with a few flower pots accessed by a hatch.

He said: “What it boils down to is a matter of taste and I think that’s what’s before us today.”

But councillors were not swayed by Mr Galloway’s pleas and unanimously refused the application.

Cllr Thérèse Evans said: “I’m sympathetic to the applicant but we are where we are because of the conservation process. There has not been a full agreement with the officers yet here we are. The language which is in our report is quite strong: ‘extremely inappropriate’.

“Regretfully I will support the reasons for refusal. They need to come forward with an application which everyone can agree on.”

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7:09pm Mon 14 Jul 14

winchester resident says...

The Chronicle must stop using this term "Civic Chiefs". It's ridiculous when they are referring to the Council's planning committee.
The Chronicle must stop using this term "Civic Chiefs". It's ridiculous when they are referring to the Council's planning committee. winchester resident
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