Controversial summer house approved

Bucks Free Press: Controversial summer house approved Controversial summer house approved

A LARGE summer house in a Marlow garden which has attracted strong opposition from neighbours has been given the green light.

Wycombe District Council's planning committee has approved a retrospective proposal for a building in the back yard of a home in Claremont Gardens.

The application attracted controversy because of the size of the building, with a number of neighbours writing in to the council to oppose it.

Ian Milburn of Claremont Gardens, representing neighbours, argued that the development was too big and intrusive.

"Construction this big has a significant visual impact on the surrounding properties and gardens and is completely out of character of the area," he said at the meeting on Wednesday night.

Councillor Richard Scott was concerned at the size and scale of the building.

He said: "I don't think it can really be described as a summer house."

Fellow tory Cllr Alan Hill called it "very dominant" but others including Cllrs Clive Harris and Alan Turner disagreed.

Cllr Turner said: "I was quite mortified when I first saw a picture, I thought this was going to be huge but as I arrived the impact is absolutely minimal on surrounding properties."

Opponents claimed that it would end up being used for purposes other than a summer house. Cllr Hugh McCarthy expressed concerns it was such a size as could become a 'granny annex' in future.

But Tony England, speaking on behalf of applicant Richardy Potyka, dismissed this, saying: "Under no circumstances was it intended to be used in any other capacity. Rumours that its intended for any other use are inaccurate."

The building will be further screened, he added.

The committee went with officials' recommendation to grant permission, voting 12 to 1 in favour.

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4:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Wycombe is full of those deluxe sheds!
Wycombe is full of those deluxe sheds! Mr Totterdge Hill
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4:08pm Tue 22 Jan 13

BucksComment says...

Its not what you know, is it?
Its not what you know, is it? BucksComment
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4:26pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Dr Truth says...

It seems like this gentleman has some history....

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It seems like this gentleman has some history.... http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/960 4190.Plans_to_conver t_pub_into_house/?ac tion=complain&cid=10 213960 http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/505 8117.Man__concussed_ _by_conker/ Dr Truth
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4:35pm Tue 22 Jan 13

RenegadeJ007 says...

Why create all this tension amongst neighbours if you and them are going to have to live next to each other. It is not my place to comment though...so... FIGHT !!!
Why create all this tension amongst neighbours if you and them are going to have to live next to each other. It is not my place to comment though...so... FIGHT !!! RenegadeJ007
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5:39pm Tue 22 Jan 13

chris740 says...

the only reason neighbours moan,

is because they cant see whats goin on.

the law should change 8ft fences, instead of 6ft
the only reason neighbours moan, is because they cant see whats goin on. the law should change 8ft fences, instead of 6ft chris740
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6:18pm Tue 22 Jan 13

RenegadeJ007 says...

The photo is off a quite a big summer house I must say. Why do the occupants need a house of that size within a house?
The photo is off a quite a big summer house I must say. Why do the occupants need a house of that size within a house? RenegadeJ007
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11:30pm Tue 22 Jan 13

deecee01 says...

RenegadeJ007 wrote:
The photo is off a quite a big summer house I must say. Why do the occupants need a house of that size within a house?
Because it's Marlow, and Marlovians like to show off!
[quote][p][bold]RenegadeJ007[/bold] wrote: The photo is off a quite a big summer house I must say. Why do the occupants need a house of that size within a house?[/p][/quote]Because it's Marlow, and Marlovians like to show off! deecee01
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6:39pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Given a green light... where? I see three skylights... very useful in a summer house, it opens up the loft space for more illegals.
Given a green light... where? I see three skylights... very useful in a summer house, it opens up the loft space for more illegals. Mr Totterdge Hill
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1:27am Thu 24 Jan 13

Lividov says...

lol summer house...
lol summer house... Lividov
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1:35pm Fri 25 Jan 13

holly4 says...

A summer house in England.. hardly worth it!
A summer house in England.. hardly worth it! holly4
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