PLANS have been lodged again to keep a Colden Common outbuilding in use as an office and games rooms following a string of refusals and appeals.

The proposals form the latest chapter in a long-running planning saga relating to Brown Eaves, 170 Main Road.

As previously reported, an appeal had been launched last year to keep the outbuilding as accommodation while works are carried out to a Colden Common home.

It follows a planning inspector overturning a decision by Winchester city councillors to reject a redevelopment at the property.

However, on this occasion a planning inspector threw out the appeal, saying it was “tantamount to a new dwelling”.

The saga started with planning applications to redevelop the property and retain the building for temporary accommodation both being rejected by a planning committee in 2017, following a number of objections.

City councillors had feared that, following a number of planning applications in recent years, the house would continue to grow in size.

Councillors also raised concerns that the ancillary building in the property’s back garden would become permanent accommodation due to its design.

Cllr Eleanor Bell said at the meeting: “It is clearly designed as two semi-detached dwellings, this is back garden development and Colden Common doesn’t need this.”

“I don’t believe this will be a temporary building in the long term and I can’t support it,” added then councillor Ernest Jeffs, now retired.

The latest planning application now seeks ‘Lawful Development Certificate’ for the outbuilding to be “used as [a] office, tv room, games room, home gym, etc”.

The plans, lodged by occupant June Ratcliffe, state: “The outbuilding complies with the GPDO (General Permitted Development Order)... Its use is ancillary to the main dwelling and does not include bathing or cooking facilities and therefore cannot be used for accommodation.

“Therefore, a Lawful Development Certificate should be issued to prevent future enforcement action regarding this building.”

A decision is expected by early April.