Planning permission extended despite residents’ concerns

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DESPITE receiving a petition signed by more than 100 residents, an extension was granted to existing planning permission to build a bungalow in St Helens Down.

Erica Barrett, speaking on behalf of local residents, told the planning committee on Wednesday that ideas of what was an acceptable development had changed since 2008 when the planning permission was originally granted.

She said: “If planning permission is granted it will start a ribbon development all in front of existing properties.

“Attitudes to appearance, character, and landscaping have changed since the previous application.”

Concerns were also raised over the threat to wildlife, traffic generation, and drainage.

Councillor Matthew Beaver said that because the application was simply for an extension of the time limit of planning permission already granted, there would have to be a material reason to refuse it, which was not the case.

Members of the planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the application.