PLANS to alter a residential property and increase the number of bedrooms has been branded “unneighbourly” for fears it will be “overbearing” and cancel natural light.

Opposition is mounting against a planning application for a property on Shelley Road, in High Wycombe, that would see a detached, two-storey home increase in size and possibly ‘overshadow’ its neighbours.

Mr Ansar Chaudry hopes to construct a single-storey front, and part-single-part-two-storey side and rear extension to his property, plus a loft conversion which would create a five-bedroom home.

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Three parking spaces are also mentioned as is loss of a garage, and a similar application was withdrawn in 2019.

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But despite assurances by council planning officers Mr Chaudry’s application is ‘acceptable in principle’ because “many of the properties within this location have been altered, amended and extended”, several objectors have stepped forward.

“The proposed extremely large extension to this property which includes rear, sides and loft conversion, is an overbearing extension and to the street scene, and is out of keeping with the neighbouring properties,” said Cllr Lesley Clarke. “There are a number of neighbours who are worried by the size of this proposed extension.”

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Other objectors criticised the proposal for ‘overshadowing’ and a potential loss of light, which they claim is “unneighbourly”.

However, the resulting build would be “similar in appearance to others within the immediate locale”, according to council documents.

The matter is due for debate during a West Buckinghamshire Area Planning Committee, on Tuesday, January 5.

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