Residents furious Bishops Waltham Sainsbury's garage canopy is 50 cm too tall

Daily Echo: Sainsbury Petrol Station at Bishop's Waltham Sainsbury Petrol Station at Bishop's Waltham

A HAMPSHIRE supermarket is at the centre of a row with residents after they claim it built a new petrol station 50cm too high.

Planning chiefs say that Sainsbury’s could even be told to demolish its new canopy because of the dispute in Bishop’s Waltham.

It is the latest controversy involving the company in the market town after its decision to open a new superstore upset local traders.

But now it is the nearby filling station that has sparked anger, and planners from Winchester City Council are negotiating with the company to solve the dispute.

They say an enforcement notice that eventually could see the structure on Winchester Road knocked down is one possibility.

The canopy was built 50cm taller than originally planned, and overshadows the gardens of neighbouring houses.

Its roof is covered in solar panels – the first, and so far only one, of its kind in the country.

Resident John Dennis, wife Heidi and their children Daisy, aged seven, and Aaron, nine, live close to the station.

He branded the canopy a “big white monstrosity” that can even be seen from inside his home.

The lighting within the station, which he says was installed without permission, causes additional problems, filling the house with ambient light – often until 11pm when the station closes.

Mr Dennis said: “The one thing I have supported is that it is solar powered.

We backed it because it was going to be a million per cent nicer than what was already there.

“I’m just disappointed. It’s an extremely frustrating situation when you have to stare at it all day, knowing they haven’t built it to regulations.”

It wasn’t until work had started that Mr Dennis noticed the canopy was significantly more visible than proposed, and he reported it.

“I have said it doesn’t make me enjoy the house any more,” he said.

Daily Echo: Mr John Dennis

Martin O’Neill, council spokesman, said removal was a possibility.

He added: “When a development does not meet the agreed terms of a planning permission there is a range of options from negotiation and agreement between those objecting to the development and the developer, appropriate mitigation, a retrospective revised planning application for the differences in the development, or – ultimately through planning enforcement – the developer being required to adapt, change or remove the aspects of the development that do not meet the planning permission.”

The supermarket has applied for retrospective planning permission.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said in a statement: “We engaged with local residents and the council as part of the planning process for our new petrol station and are in ongoing dialogue with Mr Dennis to address his concerns.

“We have suggested a number of practical proposals and are committed to bringing the matter to a satisfactory conclusion for all parties.”

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10:45am Tue 29 Apr 14

WAPA PIE GO says...

Stop staring at it all day then you loser..
Stop staring at it all day then you loser.. WAPA PIE GO
  • Score: 18

11:00am Tue 29 Apr 14

shirley-bill says...

GROW UP , SAINSBURYS BRINGS JOBS AND I BET YOU FILL UP THERE TO.
TRYING RE-PLACING YOUR FENCE WHICH HAS BE BROKEN FOR MONTHS NOW.
GROW UP , SAINSBURYS BRINGS JOBS AND I BET YOU FILL UP THERE TO. TRYING RE-PLACING YOUR FENCE WHICH HAS BE BROKEN FOR MONTHS NOW. shirley-bill
  • Score: 16

11:01am Tue 29 Apr 14

sotonboy84 says...

If it was a development by your average homeowner, they'd just be told to pull it down!
If it was a development by your average homeowner, they'd just be told to pull it down! sotonboy84
  • Score: -8

11:04am Tue 29 Apr 14

S!monOn says...

Has he tried closing the curtains at night?
Has he tried closing the curtains at night? S!monOn
  • Score: 11

11:11am Tue 29 Apr 14

forest hump says...

"stare at it all day" ? Looking at the picture he has a small window of sight between the trees. I expect Sainsburys might lend him a tenner for some trellis but looking at the fence it would probably fall down
"stare at it all day" ? Looking at the picture he has a small window of sight between the trees. I expect Sainsburys might lend him a tenner for some trellis but looking at the fence it would probably fall down forest hump
  • Score: 13

12:04pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Portswood Pete says...

50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.
50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference. Portswood Pete
  • Score: -7

12:14pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Portswood Pete wrote:
50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.
Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet.
[quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.[/p][/quote]Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 15

12:16pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Bagamn says...

Portswood Pete wrote:
50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.
I think that you have got the wrong measurement. It's Cms not mms.
[quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.[/p][/quote]I think that you have got the wrong measurement. It's Cms not mms. Bagamn
  • Score: 9

12:26pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Portswood Pete says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Portswood Pete wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.
Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet.
You're quite right Charles, I am hanging my head in shame, as should that pillock who keeps staring at the canopy all day. 25mm (2.5cm) = approx 1 inch. Oh the shame, the shame.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.[/p][/quote]Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet.[/p][/quote]You're quite right Charles, I am hanging my head in shame, as should that pillock who keeps staring at the canopy all day. 25mm (2.5cm) = approx 1 inch. Oh the shame, the shame. Portswood Pete
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Tue 29 Apr 14

northamboyofold says...

50CM is 19 3/4" in old money, get a big crane in lift the roof cut all of the steel uprights down by that amount and refix the roof job done everyone happy
50CM is 19 3/4" in old money, get a big crane in lift the roof cut all of the steel uprights down by that amount and refix the roof job done everyone happy northamboyofold
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Portswood Pete wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
Portswood Pete wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.
Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet.
You're quite right Charles, I am hanging my head in shame, as should that pillock who keeps staring at the canopy all day. 25mm (2.5cm) = approx 1 inch. Oh the shame, the shame.
I would give you fifty lines, but I fear you would only write out three or something :)
[quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.[/p][/quote]Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet.[/p][/quote]You're quite right Charles, I am hanging my head in shame, as should that pillock who keeps staring at the canopy all day. 25mm (2.5cm) = approx 1 inch. Oh the shame, the shame.[/p][/quote]I would give you fifty lines, but I fear you would only write out three or something :) Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 5

2:26pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Portswood Pete wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
Portswood Pete wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.
Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet.
You're quite right Charles, I am hanging my head in shame, as should that pillock who keeps staring at the canopy all day. 25mm (2.5cm) = approx 1 inch. Oh the shame, the shame.
I would give you fifty lines, but I fear you would only write out three or something :)
You did make me chuckle :-)
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: 50cm? That's 2 inches. I can't believe that lowering that canopy by 2 inches would make a shred of difference.[/p][/quote]Back to school with you, Pete. 50cm is almost 2 feet.[/p][/quote]You're quite right Charles, I am hanging my head in shame, as should that pillock who keeps staring at the canopy all day. 25mm (2.5cm) = approx 1 inch. Oh the shame, the shame.[/p][/quote]I would give you fifty lines, but I fear you would only write out three or something :)[/p][/quote]You did make me chuckle :-) Zexagon
  • Score: 3

2:55pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kyrrie says...

Moan,moan,moan that's all some people do. Get a life! Think of all the positive aspects of having a sainsburys there for example the jobs it brings.
Moan,moan,moan that's all some people do. Get a life! Think of all the positive aspects of having a sainsburys there for example the jobs it brings. kyrrie
  • Score: 6

3:25pm Tue 29 Apr 14

blinky0032 says...

Really???? that's what he sees as the burden in his life that tiny bit of white peaking out from behind a tree, first I thought, after the fuss being kicked up it probably block the sun out and almost hangs over the garden, nope he can see a little white bit behind his tree, even if it was 50 cm smaller you would still be able to see the little white bit behind your tree, why is evey body so angry and irritating these days, looks on the bright side, decent priced fuel very close, STOP BEING SO BLOODY GRUMPY AND WHINGEY PEOPLE, CHEER UP SOUTHAMPTON!!!!
Really???? that's what he sees as the burden in his life that tiny bit of white peaking out from behind a tree, first I thought, after the fuss being kicked up it probably block the sun out and almost hangs over the garden, nope he can see a little white bit behind his tree, even if it was 50 cm smaller you would still be able to see the little white bit behind your tree, why is evey body so angry and irritating these days, looks on the bright side, decent priced fuel very close, STOP BEING SO BLOODY GRUMPY AND WHINGEY PEOPLE, CHEER UP SOUTHAMPTON!!!! blinky0032
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Tue 29 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

What a sad and tedious little man.

Tight lipped - check
Miserable expression - check.
Arms folded - check.

Can't he plant a leylandii or something, to fill the gap?
What a sad and tedious little man. Tight lipped - check Miserable expression - check. Arms folded - check. Can't he plant a leylandii or something, to fill the gap? From the sidelines
  • Score: 5

4:58pm Tue 29 Apr 14

sotonbusdriver says...

From the sidelines wrote:
What a sad and tedious little man.

Tight lipped - check
Miserable expression - check.
Arms folded - check.

Can't he plant a leylandii or something, to fill the gap?
You forgot the most important factor here,,,,
I WANT COMPENSATION....
There are lots of things that a home owner can do, to stop this canopy effecting their lives, but no, get notoriety in the papers and huge compo pay out from Sainsbury... Is much more important...
He'd be the first to moan if the lower canopy, was hit by an over height vehicle and pushed into his garden....
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: What a sad and tedious little man. Tight lipped - check Miserable expression - check. Arms folded - check. Can't he plant a leylandii or something, to fill the gap?[/p][/quote]You forgot the most important factor here,,,, I WANT COMPENSATION.... There are lots of things that a home owner can do, to stop this canopy effecting their lives, but no, get notoriety in the papers and huge compo pay out from Sainsbury... Is much more important... He'd be the first to moan if the lower canopy, was hit by an over height vehicle and pushed into his garden.... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 2

6:04pm Tue 29 Apr 14

wilson castaway says...

I look out my window I see a nice bit of sky then the ugly rusty frame of an old and very large trampoline thats stuck up against the fence of the neighbouring garden.You have a better view than me.
I look out my window I see a nice bit of sky then the ugly rusty frame of an old and very large trampoline thats stuck up against the fence of the neighbouring garden.You have a better view than me. wilson castaway
  • Score: -1

6:39pm Tue 29 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

Stare at it all day
GO AND GET A JOB THEN !
Stare at it all day GO AND GET A JOB THEN ! bullsbags
  • Score: 1

9:09pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Reality-man says...

Bloke needs to get a life
Bloke needs to get a life Reality-man
  • Score: 1

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