THE fate of an extension branded “overbearing and un-neighbourly” hangs in the balance. 

A couple seek permission from Bucks Council to build a first-floor rear extension on a semi-detached house in Lansdell Avenue, High Wycombe.

They also wish to make some internal alterations, and to install a Juliet balcony window.

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However, despite being recommended for approval, Cllr Brian Pearce is concerned about the design and its impact ‘on the character of the area’ and the neighbours.

A previous application for a larger extension was refused on grounds of ‘unneighbourly impact’.

Amended plans have since been submitted which have addressed the “overshadowing and overbearing impact” on some neighbours.

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A council officer wrote: “There is no loss of privacy to both side of the neighbours, with windows affording no more significant overlooking than is available from existing windows.”

One neighbour objected to the amended plans, citing “loss of light”.

Other objectors cited “encroachment issues”, a “contrived design”, “overlooking”, and an “overbearing and un-neighbourly” development.

A motion was proposed by Cllr Chris Whitehead to defer the application, seconded by Cllr Marten Clarke.

Members voted unanimously to defer so a Building Research Establishment Daylight and Sunlight analysis can be carried out, “to assess the impact of the development”.

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