Objections over home in Lee-on-the-Solent conservation area

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MEMBERS of the Gosport Society have raised concerns over plans to build a bungalow near an historic farmhouse.

David Bonage, of Victoria Square, Lee-on-the-Solent, applied in February this year to build a detached chalet bungalow in the garden of a home in Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent.

But in a submission to the council, the Gosport Society said it is concerned that the development would harm the setting of the nearby 15th century Le Breton Farmhouse, one of the oldest buildings in Gosport.

Roger Mawby, chairman of the society, said: ‘We don’t think it’s in keeping with that environment.’

The council’s regulatory board met on Tuesday evening and had been recommended to refuse Mr Bonage permission but councillors disagreed with the officer’s advice.

They will now decide on planning permission at the next regulatory board on Monday, December 10. The application could not be passed this week because there was not a section 106 agreement, which dictates how much an applicant will contribute to community schemes.

The owners of Le Breton farmhouse, Mr Robert Worby and Ms Susan Peterson, objected to the plans.

In a letter they advised the council that they will seek legal advice and that they believe a covenant prevents the construction of buildings at the site.

But the majority of submissions to the council show that residents are in favour of the bungalow.

Following objections to the original plans in February, Mr Bonage has included better access to the bungalow.

Six residents support the proposal, saying many properties in the area have been extended and that the design is in keeping with the area.