Extension 'inappropriate'

PUBLISHED: 15:31 14 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

AN 'extension' on a Littleham home, branded by town planners as effectively converting one property into 'two semi detached houses' has been recommended for refusal. The owners of 9 and 11 Sarlsdown Road have applied to build a two-storey and single-store

AN 'extension' on a Littleham home, branded by town planners as effectively converting one property into 'two semi detached houses' has been recommended for refusal.The owners of 9 and 11 Sarlsdown Road have applied to build a two-storey and single-storey rear and side extension, dormer windows and a new garage.But town planners on Monday were concerned that the description of the plans being 'an extension' was somewhat overstating the case.There were also concerns from neighbours that the building site would affect their amenity, and Mrs Phillips, of Sarlsdown Road, said: "...the proposed detached garage would be about a metre from my boundary. The back of my property is very close to this and I am concerned that this building would dominate it and the outside space at the back."I am not against appropriate development... however the addition of such an extensive area (garage of 450 sq ft)....makes for a building that would be inappropriately large."Deputy Chairman of the planning committee Brian Walker said: "It is effectively trying to convert the house into two semi-detached houses. "There will be two hall ways, two front doors, two bathrooms, two utility rooms. It's almost a change of use. It is over development and it should be recommended for refusal." District planners will now consider the application.

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