Cotswold Planners Refuse House At Westington Pound

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Cotswold Planners Refuse House At Westington Pound

Enforcement action will be taken over a house near Chipping Campden that is far bigger than its approved design, Cotswold District Councillors decided on Wednesday (27th June).

The Planning (Regulatory) Committee refused a retrospective application from the developer of Westington Pound, following a site visit.

However, Committee Chairman Cllr Sue Jepson stressed that the Council was willing to meet the applicant and owners to discuss how alterations could be made to make the property acceptable to the Committee.

Cllr Jepson said after the meeting: “As it stands, the house is incongruous – both in style and size - in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It bears no relation to what was approved and can be seen in its prominent position from miles around.

“However, we are willing to work with the applicants and the new owners to discuss whether a solution can be found. If a further application was forthcoming for consideration, the clock would stop on the enforcement action.”

The applicant also has the right to appeal against the Committee’s decision. If an appeal is lodged, enforcement action would be put on hold.

The Committee heard that the approved design for the house and garage was 290 sq metres but the completed development measures approximately 450 sq metres.

In addition to its large size, the elaborate, gabled design bears little resemblance to the appearance of the original house or the approved scheme.

The approved plans for the garage were for a single storey with loft space above, but the finished building includes first floor accommodation and a shower room.

Cllr Jepson added: “Straying so far from the approved plans is totally unacceptable. The vast majority of applicants follow our guidance and build according to their permissions. I am glad to say that cases on the scale of Westington Pound are few and far between.”

Note: Following the committee’s decision, an enforcement notice will be served within the following 12 months and action taken with 12 months of it coming into effect, unless an appeal is lodged or further application made in the meantime.

Posted : 29/06/2007 17:41:23

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