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59 Grange Road
WyvernPostSeptember 10, 2015, 11:15
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February 26, 2013, 23:52
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The owner of this C listed property at the corner of Grange Road and Lovers Loan made an excellent repair to his boundary wall along Lovers Loan. We congratulate him on this neat traditional work.

While this was being done, the Grange Association became concerned by an area of excavation in the back garden. We asked the Council about this and were assured it was work to repair a collapsed drain however it soon became clear that a driveway and parking area was being constructed without planning permission. The Grange Conservation Area Character Appraisal sees the loss of green space and soft landscaping to driveways as a pressure on our area. Although the owner had helped the area by carrying out the sympathetic repair to the wall, we felt we had no alternative to reporting this unauthorised work to the Council.

In due course, the Council served notice on the owner requiring removal of the hardstanding at the side and rear of the house and the return of the area to soft landscaping. This has to be done by 12 October. To our surprise, we see that the owner has proceeded with his original plan and has now laid setts at the rear and side of the house. The Council is aware of this further breach of planning regulations.

WyvernPostOctober 21, 2015, 11:55
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UPDATE

The Grange Association aims to protect the Grange Conservation Area and the listed buildings of the area and try to prevent inappropriate development. The only way we can do this is by checking all applications for planning permission and reporting any owner who does not comply with the planning regulations. We would be failing in our duty if we did not report to the Council when we see disregard of the regulations. We therefore had no alternative other than to report the owner of 59 Grange Road to the Council’s Enforcement team for not complying with the notice that had been served on him to remove the unauthorised driveway and hard standing. The following is the conclusion of the Enforcement Officer who visited after our complaint:-

“A further site visit was carried out in September 2015 where it was found that further works had taken place at the property to complete the garden alterations.

“The enforcement notices served required the reinstatement of soft landscaping to its previous state within the garden. The owner of the property has instead retained the newly formed driveway to the west of the existing garage and formed other areas of compensatory soft landscaping elsewhere within the garden ground. The driveway itself has been finished to a high standard utilising tegula style block paving to replace the previous concrete slab parking area. An enlarged area of grass has been formed within the front garden of the property which contributes to the appearance of the property in the streetscene. Given that the percentages of hard to soft landscaping at the property are the same as previously existed at the property, under-enforcement of the notice served is considered appropriate.”

We are disappointed that the planning officers appear not to be adhering strictly to the planning regulations. If the owner had planned to create more soft landscaping elsewhere in his garden, this should at least have been discussed with the planning officers. The only redeeming feature is that the work has been carried to a high standard so that the impact on the conservation area is less than it would otherwise have been.

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