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Housing scheme approved despite neighbour objections

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PLANNING bosses have given the go ahead to proposals to build two detached houses at Lymm – despite opposition from 14 nearby residents and Lymm Parish Council.

The scheme will involve demolition of one large detached house in leafy Grammar School Road and building the new homes in its extensive garden.

The opposition was mainly based on claims the site would be overdeveloped and that the proposed two-and-a-half storey houses would be out of character with existing properties. It  followed on from the granting of two previous similar applications that have resulted in existing houses being demolished to make way for large, three-storey properties.

Lymm councillor Anna Fradgeley said the new property would involve an increase in footprint and cubic volume compared with the existing house. It would present an overbearing mass of brickwork and glazing to the frontage, impacting on the spaciousness of Grammar School Road.

Design of the two houses would be out-of-keeping with the character of the road.

The parish council also objected on the grounds of over-development of the site.

However, planning officers argued that development of the site for residential purposes was acceptable and that the size, scale and massing of the proposed houses was acceptable.

They did not believe the development would cause any significant harm to the character of the area, highway safety or ecology.

Members of Warrington’s development management committee approved the scheme following a lengthy discussion.

Chairman Cllr Tony McCarthy said: “The committee visited the site and decided the scheme was acceptable in a huge garden area.

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