Motor dealership, flats and barn plans refused at planning meeting

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Grace Witherden

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Temporary permission for a motor dealership, a flat development in Maidenhead Riverside and the conversion of an agricultural barn into a house were all refused at Maidenhead Development Control panel on Wednesday night.

A planning application for 12 flats in Maidenhead Riverside was called an ‘abomination’ by the leader of the council, Cllr Simon Dudley.

The application, submitted by Kingsway Homes for ten, two-bedroom and two one-bedroom flats with car parking, and cycle storage in Green Trees, Widbrook Road was refused by members of the panel.

Cllr Judith Diment (Con, Riverside) agreed with Cllr Dudley and said the development would not be ‘in keeping’ with the surroundings.

Members also refused an application from car dealership Nene Overland to extend it stay in Stafferton Way for a further two years.

A representative, speaking on behalf of the applicant, urged the council to defer the decision due to an ongoing 'court dispute' with the borough, which he said may be a ‘conflict of interest’. He did not go into further details.

However, Cllr Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield) said members had to judge the application on planning merit and not ‘other factors’ and permission was refused.

The panel also refused a change of use application to convert an agricultural building into a house in Kennel Lane, Cookham Dean.

Speaking on behalf of the application, Geoffrey Copas, of Copas Farms, said: “We as farmers need affordable housing; this will help my family operate a viable and sustainable farm.”

Cllr Clare Stretton (Con, Boyn Hill) said it would be undesirable if the house was sold but ‘if used for an agricultural worker this would be a different thing.’

Members voted on a motion to grant planning permission which received five votes for, and five against.

Cllr David Burbage, who is chairman of the panel, gave the casting vote against the motion.

Other matters discussed included:

- Members agreed to vary conditions on the outline permission granted for Phase 3 of the Chapel Arches development.

- An extension to Lowbrook Academy in Cox Green was approved with no discussion, which will see a new classroom built as well as washrooms, lobby and an outside area.

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