Leicester City Council approves plans for Oadby games room

By Matthew Chandler

Plans for the construction of a games room at an Oadby house were approved at a council meeting last Wednesday (14 March).

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3 Guilford Road, Leicester (Google Maps)

An application for a single-storey detached games room building at 3 Guilford Road, Oadby, was submitted in February and discussed at the Leicester City Council meeting at City Hall last week.

Though the plans were considered acceptable by the majority of councillors, various objections to this construction were made.

Lizzie Marjoram, a specialist planning lawyer, said: “The description of development is misleading. A recent application from this applicant to construct a residential annex for care of his elderly relative was withdrawn; this application is still really for an annex.

“Secondly, the proposed building harms the residential amenity of the neighbours because it is a large structure in a modern garden, and it would have an overbearing effect.”

Mrs Marjoram argued that a flat roof would make more sense than the ‘unacceptable’ proposed design and feared the lack of any vehicular access to the rear of the property will mean construction would cause ‘severe disruption’.

She also expressed concerns that construction would kill a neighbouring mature tree, and that approval of these plans would set a precedent for similar applications in the future.

“It would be wrong to create a precedent which would cause other large annexes to become a common feature here, particularly when it is very hard to control whether people start living in them,” she added.

“I suggest to you, councillors, that it is inevitable that somebody will be living in this annex”.

In response to these objections, planning officer Steve Brown said that while these complaints were considered, the design set out in the proposal was still considered acceptable.

He said: “It’s our view that it’s not an unreasonable design for a domestic outbuilding, that it doesn’t unreasonably impact on neighbouring property.

“They would still retain well in excess of the minimum requirement for houses for outside amenity space, which is 100 square metres, so we don’t believe that is a precedent.”

Mr Brown added that, following consultation, the council tree officer felt these mature trees do not merit special protection, so cannot qualify for a tree preservation order.

Councillors were happy to amend the description of the house itself as a ‘Class C3’ building (i.e. used as a ‘dwelling house’). This was deemed misleading, given the proposed outbuilding, not the house, falls in this category.

As such, conditional approval for the construction of this new outbuilding was subsequently granted.

The full planning report for this development can be found at: cabinet.leicester.gov.uk:8071/documents/s91284/20180141%203%20Guilford%20Road.pdf while readers can watch the webcast of the full council meeting at: leicester.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/342028/start_time/0.

 

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