A PLAN has been approved for extensions to a Winchester house, despite concerns from neighbours.

The proposal, at 3 Godwin Close, is to demolish the front porch and construct a new one with a single storey rear and first floor side extension.

Neighbours to the property were concerned about the overshadowing of the structure.

However, Winchester City Council's planning committee approved it unanimously at a meeting on June 15.

One neighbour, Peter Arnold, said: “I object because the proposal will overshadow the windows of my house. It will block sunlight on to the house for the whole of the morning.”

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Cllr Mike Craske, who represents the St Barnabus ward, had sympathy for the objector. He said: “His objections are reasonable. The design are aggressive even though the development is needed.

“The extension is built across habitable rooms. I suggest you reject the proposal.”

The applicants Caleb Lewington and Charlie Warn spoke to the committee.

Ms Warn said: “It's important to us that we build a house that fits with the character of the street and is not overbearing. Our design enhances a developing and diverse close.

“The house is in need of significant modification.”

The committee's chair Cllr Therese Evans said: “I do understands the concerns but there are a lot of similar extensions in the close.”

The planning committee approved the application unanimously.

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