SODC Overrides Town Council Recommendation on Newton Road Development

A plot of land currently fenced off on the entrance to Newtown Road, off Reading Road has been granted planning permission to build 4 x 2 storey terrace dwellings despite SODC refusing permission for 3 houses in 2023 and dismissing an appeal.  The site is owned by Knole Homes Ltd.

The SODC Planning officer, Paul Lucas said in his report that he considered the principle of development to be acceptable as it was considered an infill development which was supported by the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan policies. He also noted that the fallback position of two dwellings, which had been approved on appeal, was a material planning consideration for this application.  The planning officer also noted that the scale, form, and detailing of the proposed dwellings related well to their surroundings and that the planning inspector found that a similar design was acceptable. In addition, he considered that the relationship between the proposed plots and the neighbours to be acceptable and covered the points raised by the planning inspector.

Henley Town Council recommend refusal due to the unneighbourly nature of the proposed development, proximity to neighbouring boundaries and the overdevelopment of the site. Councillor Tom Buckley, Chair of HTC Planning Committee spoke against the application at the SODC meeting.

At the SODC Planning Meeting Councillors discussed the appeal and the application for three houses which were refused. Some members believed the application for four houses would be contrary to the Local Plan relating to the privacy of neighbours and on the Joint Henley and Harspden Neighbourhood Plan regarding their visual impact, and also that four units was an overdevelopment of the site.

However, a motion, moved and seconded, to approve the application was carried on being put to the vote.



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