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Grade II listed building to be extended despite objections
3:40pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 in News
A GRADE II listed building in the “historic core of Winchester” will be extended and modified, despite strong objections from neighbours.
Jonathan and Janette Munro Ford plan to add a single and two-story extension to their home - sparking fierce criticism from Peter Matthews, who lives in the adjacent house on Canon Street.
Debate centred on plans received for amended guttering, with Mr Matthews disputing the accuracy of plans submitted and the effect on his property.
He made an impassioned plea before the planning committee and said the works would cause him considerable disruption.
“There's no way you can fit that gutter without taking our tiles off our roof and damaging our property,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the applicants, Simon Goddard, told the committee he had taken considerable time to research the history of the area, including consulting Professor Martin Biddle's gazetteer of the area.
Planning officers were satisfied with the accuracy of the plans and councillors voted unanimously to allow the extension.
Cllr Barry Lipscomb said: “I think we all care for the historic core of Winchester and this kind of design will always raise concerns among residents. I'm voting to allow it because I think it's the right thing to do but I do not want anyone thinking we do so in a cavalier fashion - very far from it.”