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Developers lose appeal to build ‘cramped’ homes
A CONTROVERSIAL plan to knock down a house in Cumnor Hill, Oxford, and build four homes on the site has been defeated on appeal.
The independent Planning Inspectorate has rejected Brookworth Homes Limited’s appeal for 40 Cumnor Hill.
Vale of White Horse District Council threw out the scheme in December, saying it was poor quality and visually harmful.
The plan, which drew 40 residents’ objections to the council, would not be “compatible with or sympathetic to the character of the surrounding area”.
Inspector Jim Metcalf has upheld the decision on the plan, which would see a house to replace the existing property with three more built in the existing back garden.
Mr Metcalf said the rear gardens of the three homes would be smaller than others in the area and “give the houses a cramped appearance”.
He said: “The three houses would form an unduly intensive cluster of properties that would conflict with the form and pattern of the immediate neighbourhood.
“These features would be readily apparent from the houses and gardens around the site, especially in winter, and would significantly detract from the character and appearance of the surrounding area.”
The council had said surface water would not present an increased flood risk, and Mr Metcalf said he did not support some residents’ concerns about risk of flooding.
Cumnor Parish Council chairman Brian Stops welcomed the ruling.
He said; “We thought that the site was crowded.
“There is a lot of concern, that is why we have spent a lot of time and effort to respond.
“We are having an increase in the number of these developments which are not coming from within the area. It is very difficult.”