Garage damage planning row

AN ANGRY couple whose neighbour wants to build an extension to his Nailsea house to accommodate a disabled relative say it would cause structural damage to their garage.

Pam and Graham Clements told a meeting of Nailsea Town Council’s planning and environmental committee the single storey side and rear extension, applied for by Mark Oddy at number 34 St Mary’s Grove, would be centimetres from their garage, which would then require underpinning.

Mrs Clements said: “Mr Oddy has not consulted us despite our invitation to him and his architect to discuss their plans with us.

“We have consulted an architect, structural engineer and party wall surveyor who believe that such works will require underpinning of our garage in order to ensure its stability and costs will be incurred.

“We believe the extension would infringe on our right to protect our property.”

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The couple are also concerned that proposals for a pitch roof on the extension would set a precedent for the eight detached houses in the road to become ‘a row of terraced houses’.

Town council chairman Rod Lees said: “It is a massive extension for the size of the house.”

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Councillors agreed to recommend North Somerset Council refuse the application on the grounds it would have ‘a harmful effect on the adjoining property’.

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