New house plan - latest twist in Summerlands saga

PLANS have been submitted to build a four-storey home on land sold by councillor Roger Bowen – who won a lengthy and bitter battle to build a dream home on the plot The Summerlands building plot - often described as helping to form a green backdrop to the town

PLANS have been submitted to build a four-storey home on land sold by councillor Roger Bowen - who won a lengthy and bitter battle to build a 'dream home' on the plot

The Summerlands building plot - often described as helping to form a green backdrop to the town - was at the centre of a planning controversy but after an appeal ruled councillor Bowen's dream home could go ahead, the councillor put the plot on the market with a price tag of offers in excess of �325,000.

Now plans have been submitted by a couple from Wiltshire who hope to build a three-bedroom home with a tower on the Cricketfield Lane plot sold by councillor Bowen.

The application states current owners of the plot, Brian and Christine Shorney, have made improvements to the original design.


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The couple has already held informal talks with the duty planning officer to discuss the design elements - especially in relation to the tower, which would raise the central area of the home to four storeys.

The proposed home would be on the same site as the existing approved plot, be constructed within the same footprint and would not affect any neighbouring properties because 'the spaces around the proposed dwelling and between the adjacent structures will essentially remain unaltered to the existing approval'.

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The home would be built within a sloping plot, and the application states the scale of the new dwelling 'would not be accentuated'.

The application states the new build would be an environmentally friendly structure with a contemporary feel.

The planned home has three first-floor bedrooms, a kitchen, family room, lounge, dining room and a ground floor hall.

At basement level plans have been drawn up to create a garage, study, store and potting room.

There will also be a central tower room at the top of the property.

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