Second try made by councillor for new home plans

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A COUNCILLOR who had an application to build a new home next to his business rejected by his colleagues is making another attempt to get it passed.

Cllr Nick Gregory has submitted revised plans for a detached four-bedroom, three-storey home on the strip of land between the building that houses his Little Munchkins Nursery in The Avenue, Fareham, and properties in Peak Drive.

At Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee meeting last November it was voted down with eight votes in line with the officer’s recommendation to refuse it, with one abstention from Cllr Gregory’s fellow independent Cllr Dave Whittingham.

Cllr Gregory said: ‘Rob Tutton, the agent we have commissioned to take it on, looked at the reasons for refusal and between ourselves, the architect and the agent, we feel we have answered most of the issues raised last time.

‘Windows have been repositioned or changed, the materials have changed and other things to do with the construction have been altered.

‘That’s why we have decided to resubmit rather than go to an appeal.’

However, the building remains the same size as before, and many were concerned last time about the scale of the project – that it overwhelmed nearby homes and would be out of character with the rest of the neighbourhood.

And people living nearby have again raised objections.

In a written objection to the council, David Grant, of Peak Drive, described it as ‘overbearing’ and an ‘inappropriate design in that location.’

He said: ‘I was going to contact the Fareham West councillor to ask him to support this objection, but I see it is the Fareham West councillor Nick Gregory who has made the application.’

David Noyce, also of Peak Drive, added: ‘The majority of the previously-raised objections and the planning officer’s recommendation which are still relevant to this application appear to have been completely ignored.

‘The only major change has been the removal of the wooding cladding.’

Any comments on the new application must be made to the council by Monday.

No date has been set for it go before the committee again.