Councillors ‘insulted’ by Cowbit annex application

Insulted: Coun Roger Gambba-Jones
Insulted: Coun Roger Gambba-Jones
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Plans to build a detached annex in a Cowbit garden to house elderly ailing relatives have been turned down.

It was hoped permission would be granted for the self-contained, two-storey detached building on Clarkson Avenue.

However, councillors expressed annnoyance that the application had been made for an annexe, rather than a separate property.

Committee chairman, Coun Roger Gambba Jones, said: “This should have been an application for a separate dwelling at that location. The applicants should have bit the bullet.

“To suggest it’s an annex when it’s obviously a dwelling is a bit of an insult to us as a planning authority.”

It was proposed by the applicant that the building would have the appearance of a chalet bungalow, with two dormer windows to the front and a recessed balcony to the rear.

Coun Rodney Grocock was unimpressed: “It’s the biggest annex I have ever seen. In my opinion, it’s massive.

“This was a way of trying to appeal to us.”

And agitated Coun Chris Brewis added: “It is clearly ending up with a property which is completely beyond what would be a single property on that site. I would expect an application to turn it into a dwelling on that site to follow pretty quickly. I am just not overly happy with it.”

Coun Bryan Allcock cut to the chase when he said “if it looks like a house, it probably is a house - even if it is in the disused garden of a house in Cowbit.”

Councilors unanimously voted to reject the full planning application, on the grounds of the property’s character and amenity.

In addition, the Environment Agency expressed concern that the revised flood risk assessment report provided fails to provide appropriate mitigation measures.