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Controversial new home approved in Sparsholt
Sparsholt Parish Council has lost its bid to block plans for the construction of a new home.
The demolition of an existing house will go ahead and a new bungalow will be built in the Sparsholt Conservation Area.
David Conroy’s plans received 14 letters of support, but the parish council were unhappy at plans to create a new entrance by cutting into the high banks and hedges, arguing they are a key characteristic of the area.
Caroline Horrill, chairman of the parish council, said: “We disagree with the committee that a new entrance would improve Home Lane. We believe them to be wrong in law.”
However, it emerged during the meeting that since Home Lane is an unclassified road, work to improve access is permitted. Councillor Jane Rutter said: “I do not think we have a leg to stand on because of the permitted development rights that already exist in terms of creating access.”
Mr Conroy assured the committee that the development would be of the highest standard. “My wife wouldn’t accept anything less.” he said.