Parish council voices concern over large planning applications in Cookham

Emma Billingham

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Comments raising concerns of large planning applications within the Cookham conservation area and greenbelt were made at Cookham Parish Council’s planning committee last night (Tuesday).

A number of extensions to homes as well as two new residential builds were on the agenda put before committee members at Cookham library in High Road.

The parish council put forward an objection to the Royal Borough regarding an application for a replacement house in Church Road. The planning proposal includes a basement and a detached building within the grounds with a carport.

With the site being within the greenbelt and a conservation area, the committee stated that it was objecting on the grounds of ‘excessive bulk and scale in context of the conservation area and in the greenbelt’.

Also on the agenda was an application to demolish a building in Spade Oak Reach and replace it with a new house, boathouse, parking, carport and new access. Though no formal comment was passed onto the Royal Borough, councillors commented on its large size and design of the house.

Councillor Andrew Nye said: "Once built, it will be overbearing and stick out like a sore thumb."

Further comments regarding an extension to a home in Peace Lane being too large were also given by the committee, though it did not object.

Planning committee chairman MJ Saunders said: "Our mood is that we don't like it. We have concerns regarding scale and impact of this development in this locality, but we are not objecting."

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