AN APPLICATION for a complex series of home modifications has been thrown out by the council – with one member branding the proposal an ‘absolute monstrosity’.

Buckinghamshire Council refused a planning application for a series of changes to a six-bedroom property on Desborough Avenue, in High Wycombe saying it was an ‘inappropriate over-development’ of the site.

Mr Gazanfar Ali saw his request to add on to his property a two-storey side extension, a part-single-part-two-storey rear extension, a pair of hip-to-gable-end roof alterations, and a single rear box dormer window scrapped during a West Buckinghamshire Area Planning Committee, on Tuesday, November 10.

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Mr Ali also requested permission for three roof lights in connection to a loft conversion, and the widening of a gate and driveway for two new parking bays.

“I think it looks absolutely awful,” said Cllr Gary Hall. “You’re taking a perfectly good, modest detached house in a street of that kind of character and you’re basically converting into a block of single-bed flats.

“I drive down West Wycombe Road and every time I’m just astonished at how we could have allowed it to be transformed into a street of scruffy bedsits.

“I’m going to object to this one.”

Cllr Marten Clarke said it was an ‘inappropriate development’.

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Cllr Paul Turner echoed Cllr Hall, saying: “From the street it’s just about passable; from the rear it’s an absolute monstrosity…ruining a perfectly good house in terms of design.”

Cllr Ray Farmer suggested the already paved-over rear garden looked like it was “ready for a carpark”.

Cllr Lesley Clarke had suggested a second-hand car sales business was being run from the property.

Near close of business, Cllr Chris Whitehead urged the committee to reject the application on grounds of “over-development”.

Members voted in the majority to refuse Mr Ali.

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