New Gosport home gets green light after dispute

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A ROW over plans to build a ‘modernist’ home in a conservation area has ended.

Jeffrey Knott, of Ashburton Road, Alverstoke, in Gosport, applied to build the three-bedroom home in Ashburton Road in November last year.

Concerns from nearby residents and neighbour Giles Milligan over loss of privacy and the design of the building led to Gosport Borough Council’s regulatory board meeting twice to discuss the plans.

But now the new home, which has a flat roof and roof terrace overlooking the rear of the property, will be built.

Mr Knott and Mr Milligan both made deputations at the meeting of the regulatory board on May 7.

Gosport Society objected, saying ‘the design does not respect the historic character or appearance of the Anglesey conservation area’.

Seven objections were sent to the council with one sent after plans had been amended.

A different applicant submitted plans with a traditional design in 2008.

That was refused, with planners saying it would be out of keeping with the area.