Angry opposition over plans to extend historic Gosport cottage

ARGUMENT The thatched cottages being discussed
ARGUMENT The thatched cottages being discussed
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PLANS to extend a pair of listed thatched cottages have met with opposition.

The cottages, in Rowner Lane, Gosport, are remnants of the town’s rural past.

They were given as a gift to Gosport Borough Council in the 1940s but the council sold them privately in 2006.

It not known how much they were sold for.

Nearby residents are expected to speak at the council’s next planning meeting about plans to build extensions at the back of the cottages along with a garage.

Gerard Lidgey, of Nesbitt Close in Bridgemary, says he will speak against the proposals.

The 65-year-old said: ‘The cottages were given to Gosport Borough Council as a gift and they should never have been sold in the first place.

‘They should have been kept so the public could still have access to them.

‘They are some of the last remaining bits of old Rowner.

‘They should have been kept for the public because they are an important part of Rowner’s history.

‘My hope is that the council could get them back and then discussions could take place as to how they could be of benefit to the community.’

How old the cottages are is a mystery but it is thought they were built in the 17th and 18th centuries.

They were given to the council by the family of Sir Humphrey Prideaux-Brune.

The council has received a number of letters from people who support and oppose the plans.

The planning application was due to be debated at a meeting of the council’s regulatory board on Tuesday.

But the meeting has now been postponed until November 22 to fit in more applications.