Homes plan refused due to ‘tight squeeze’

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PLANS for two new homes on a plot in Widley were refused on the grounds it would be too cramped.

Proposals were presented to Havant Borough Council’s planning committee to demolish a two-bedroom detached bungalow in The Thicket.

It would be replaced by a pair of three-bedroom semi-detached bungalows with integral garages.

Widley Cllr Caren Tarrant pleaded with the committee to refuse the plans as they would be out of keeping with the local street scene.

Cllr Elaine Shimbart, who sits on the committee, said: ‘I’m really not happy given the size of the plot.

‘It’s going to end up looking very cramped and overdeveloped.’

But committee chairman Paul Buckley said: ‘At the moment it’s a big site. It’s bigger really than one small bungalow deserves to have.’

Concerns were also raised about getting vehicles safely on and off the properties.

The application was refused on a majority vote, with one councillor for and six against.