LAKE BUNGALOW PLANS REFUSED AGAIN DESPITE REVISIONS

Plans for a bungalow in Lake have been refused again by the Isle of Wight Council.

The applicants, WS Group, however, have slammed the council for ‘only paying lip service to proactive working’ and ‘for only finding problems, not solutions’.

A revised application had been submitted to the council to build a two-bedroom bungalow on vacant land between the Premier Inn and Broadlea Primary School’s school field, after planners deemed the previously proposed dwelling inappropriate due to its position, scale and design.

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The first application was refused at the end of 2019, and in emails supplied by WS Group as part of the new application, it criticised the council’s planning team for not delaying the determination of the application so they could find solutions to the reasons for refusal.

In a supporting statement for the latest application, WS Group said:

“There was not any proactive involvement from the council until they were timed out in being forced to make a decision.

“The planning application was made without acknowledging any of the solutions which the applicant had proposed to dispel any objection.”

Further documents asked the council to propose solutions to any issues they had with the plans if they were not adequate.

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Responding to comments of the same nature made by WS Group before the second application was submitted, the case officer for the application said the council had a fundamental and principle objection to the dwelling so there would be no benefit to delay the determination.

They went on to say the concerns could not be addressed through negotiations or revisions and the council does support proactive working where developments are considered sustainable.

In the refusal notice, Oliver Boulter, the council’s planning and infrastructure strategic manager, said the proposals remained largely unchanged with no pre-application advice sought and was refused on four of the five grounds it was rejected for previously.

The council also said the bungalow would have a harmful and detrimental impact on the surrounding area with its design ‘lacking particular architectural merit and would appear bland and of poor quality.’

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Should the applicant wish to appeal the council’s decision, it can raise the matter with the Planning Inspectorate.

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isle of wighter
isle of wighter
2 months ago

good decision – now kick out penny feathers and the rest

bruno
bruno
2 months ago

Pre-application advice is just a way to get more money,the planners dont have to stick to it !!!

dot
dot
2 months ago

WS Group think if they can get  Planning permission for a bungalow in years to come they would get Planning permission for more houses they don’t give a toss about the island they just want to build all over it

Arthur Sausage
Arthur Sausage
2 months ago

Do we really need more houses?
NO!

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
2 months ago

Get rid of 50% of the holiday homes and we would not need any more housing.

Hard hat harry
Hard hat harry
Reply to  Joe Bloggs
2 months ago

Are you buying them then ?

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