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Ipstones house given green light

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Ipstones house given green light
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PLANS for a replacement dwelling in a village have been approved despite officers recommending refusal because of its design.

Planning officers had advised Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee to refuse permission for the proposed larger new dwelling at 15 Church Lane, Ipstones.

The site is situated next to the village Memorial Hall and opposite to numbers 8 and 10 Church Lane.

The new home would be built in the same location as the existing dwelling, which is defective.

In a report to members of the planning committee, planning officer Wayne Johnson, said: "Officers accept that this site would allow for a larger property to occupy the site.

"In addition, it is considered that the principle of increasing the scale and massing is acceptable and therefore a replacement dwelling should not just restricted to single storey.

"However, this proposal appears confused and lacks cohesion in its design.

"The proposal is a mix of contemporary and traditional design features, but unfortunately they do not result in an attractive piece of architecture."

Applicant Marie McGowan-Griffin said her family bought the single-storey asbestos prefab last year, but were then devastated to see it was not viable.

She said: "I feel it is an attractive building and complements the area."

Village resident, Barry Shuttleworth, who is also the president of the adjacent Memorial Hall said:"It will not have an adverse effect on the community as there are many different styles in the street."

Councillor Linda Malyon, who is the ward member, said: "This is all about design and if you like it or not. It will be eco friendly."

Councillor voted eight to three in favour of approval.

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