IT was a case of seventh time lucky for a Winchester architect.

Planning permission has been given for a new two-bedroom house in a Winchester street some seven years after the scheme was first proposed.

Michael Culhane and Snug Projects first put forward the plan in 2007 but have been rebuffed six times before city council planners finally approved the plans for Monks Road, Hyde.

In all there have been eight planning applications and three appeals for the home on the site of a double garage.

Paul Bulkeley, of Snug Projects said: “It really is an example of how perseverance pays in the end. Despite the obvious frustrations for all involved, there is no doubt that the design improved with each iteration. The end result is a beautiful example of contemporary contextualism and balances respect for context with creative contemporary design.”

Mr Bulkeley said the house will largely be hidden behind a garden wall.

He added: “You might ask why we would spend a little over six years persevering with such a small project. A good question. Well, we love the site and always believed a scheme could and should be built here.”

The scheme attracted opposition from neighbours but Mr Bulkeley said the issues had been addressed.