Loughton 'garden-grabbing' plans unanimously refused

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The successful Church Lane campaign group The successful Church Lane campaign group

A so-called ‘garden-grabbing’ development has been unanimously blocked by councillors.

Plans to build four five-bedroom houses on the site where one currently stands at 48 Church lane in Loughton was opposed by about 50 residents.

Epping Forest District Council Planning Sub-Committee unanimously rejected the application by Banner Homes on April 2.

This was after Loughton Town Council Planning Committee last month registered a "strong objection" to the the proposal, concluding it was not in line with government guidelines.

The campaign group Save Church Lane was led by Haward Kauffman.

Mr Kauffman, 50, of Church Lane, said: “It’s an alien and damaging form of development”

“There are no examples in the area of two houses sited behind each other looking directly into each other.”

“It would have set a dangerous precedent for garden–grabbing developments”

Caroline Loureda, 53, of nearby Wellfields, said: “I thought the decision was amazing and justice was served.

“The work that was put in really paid off.

“The problem was the scale of the development and it was not in nkeeping with the area.

“Two large houses at the front would be acceptable and in keeping with the other homes in the road.”

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8:08am Wed 9 Apr 14

freddiegold1234 says...

Oh dear... If these neighbours think it is over they are extremely silly!

I am a planner by trade and Banner will likely win this at appeal, I have reviewed the scheme and these individuals need to understand is that it does not breach planning principles.

They didn't get the decision at committee as it is so close to an election!
Oh dear... If these neighbours think it is over they are extremely silly! I am a planner by trade and Banner will likely win this at appeal, I have reviewed the scheme and these individuals need to understand is that it does not breach planning principles. They didn't get the decision at committee as it is so close to an election! freddiegold1234
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9:16am Wed 9 Apr 14

Francis_Rex says...

The truth is the councillors have gone against a planning officers’ recommendation so they can say, in the lead up to the forthcoming elections, that they turned the plan down.

The matter will go to appeal and will be decided away from the Punch & Judy politics of the LRA and the Tories and councillors desperate to keep their seats.

Contrary to what is being said above, this is not an “alien and damaging form of development”. This is not a pilchard processing factory being planned here: it is four houses.

Loughton has many examples of developments where sites have been used flexibly as no doubt the Planning Inspector will see when this goes to appeal.
The truth is the councillors have gone against a planning officers’ recommendation so they can say, in the lead up to the forthcoming elections, that they turned the plan down. The matter will go to appeal and will be decided away from the Punch & Judy politics of the LRA and the Tories and councillors desperate to keep their seats. Contrary to what is being said above, this is not an “alien and damaging form of development”. This is not a pilchard processing factory being planned here: it is four houses. Loughton has many examples of developments where sites have been used flexibly as no doubt the Planning Inspector will see when this goes to appeal. Francis_Rex
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