PLANS to extend a bungalow in Romsey have been objected to by town councillors.

Romsey Town Council's planning committee met on July 21 and sent an objection to Test Valley Borough Council to an application for extensions to a bungalow in Grays Close.

The application, submitted by Carol Rickman, is for a single storey rear extension, loft conversion, garage conversion with rear dormer and associated alterations.

Cllr Janet Burnage said: “I strongly object. It's a little row of detached bungalows ideal for elderly people who want to retire and live on their own. They are easy to maintain. If you start to turn one of them into a house, it will have a huge impact on the amenity of the neighbours. It's so out of keeping.”

Concerns have also been raised by nearby residents who have submitted public objections online.

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Bernard and Betty Dittrich, of Grays Close, said: “The proposed new dormer window will overlook the whole neighbouring garden thus compromising the small private open space that the occupiers currently enjoy.

“The design of the proposed dormer window is as poor as can be imagined. it will be visually detrimental the appearance of the area and could set a precedent for such development in the future.

“The design of the bungalows are stepped forwards and back giving more privacy. The group of small bungalows were built to provide a particular form of retirement accommodation that meets a defined social need. The proposed flies in the face of the objective and thus undermines a strategy designed to meet the identified need.”

Sharon Thelwell, of Tadburn Road, said: “I have further concerns regarding the parking arrangements as hardstanding areas affect drainage. In addition this might also have an impact on the limited parking spaces available for visitors to neighbouring properties.”

The town council sent an objection, on the grounds of it being out of keeping with the other houses nearby.

To view the plans online, search 22/01722/FULLS on Test Valley Borough Council's planning portal.

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