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New Northwood homes given go-ahead
PLANS for seven new houses in a Northwood street were given the thumbs up by councillors, despite 13 objections and a petition from neighbours.
An individual developer had applied to knock down two houses in Thirlmere Gardens and build the terrace of three-bedroom homes in their place.
Neighbours submitted a string of concerns to the council about the development, ranging from fears that it would be detrimental to the character of the area, to worries that it would put an extra strain on the sewerage system and that construction work would harm residents' health.
A petition with 53 signatures was also handed in, although it did not cite any particular objection.
Northwood Residents Association also complained that it would be out of keeping with other homes in the street.
But a report written by planning officers said: "The scale of the terrace and its design would match existing features and harmonise with the character of the area. The scheme takes adequate account of its impact upon existing trees on site. As such, the proposal would maintain and enhance the character and appearance of the area.
"The scheme would not adversely affect the amenities of surrounding residential properties and would afford appropriate residential accommodation for future occupiers."
A planning committee meeting on December 20 saw the work approved, with a string of conditions attached, ranging from demolition protocols to rules on landscaping and bin storage.
The devleoper, who applied through firm PR Architecture, now has three years to start the work.
An application in 2004 to demolish the buildings and build a block of 14 flats in its place was refused and an appeal dismissed the following year.
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