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Plans to extend Grade II listed building in Cheadle refused

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: June 15, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PROPOSALS to build a rear garden room at a Grade II listed building in Cheadle have been refused.

The application involved a 5.5 metre by 4.2 metre rear ground floor extension at Mobberley House, Tean Road, Cheadle.

Members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee refused the plan despite Cheadle Town Council supporting the proposal.

Speaking to members of the planning committee, councillor Peter Warrilow who was representing Cheadle Town Council, said: "The Prime Minister has spoken of the importance of localism as people know their area better than anyone.

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"Cheadle Town Council have unanimously supported this application. There have been no objection to the plan and it will not impact on neighbours

"The planning report is riddled with inaccuracies."

Planning consultant Mike Sutcliffe said: "This is revised plan and we have spoken to planning officers who said the extension was acceptable.

"Members have visited the site and can see the extension will be unseen. Inspectors have ruled on this where extensions cause no harm. The single story extension meets the council's own policy."

Cheadle councillor Ron Locker said the extension would enhance the property.

He said: "There are no neighbours in close proximity. If you are going to build something it has to be big enough. I have been past this property thousands of times and you can only see the front. It was at one time under threat, so we should be helping them to keep it in good repair. The garden is very pleasing and this will fit in with it."

Councillor Mike Worthington said it was a seclude position and there had no complaints.

He said: "However this is Grade II listed and I would be happy with 4.5 metre extension. I am disappointed this is now 5.5 metres.

"I hope the applicant comes back with something more fitting."

Councillor Mahfooz Ahmad asked why was the council wasting time discussing the plan when it would improve the property.

He said: "I am sure this will improve the property at the rear."

Planning officer Arne Swithenbank recommended that planning permission be refused because the proposal amounts to a disproportionate addition of discordant design harmful to a Grade II Listed Building.

He said: "The issue is how this will effect a Grade II listed building. The conservation officer has recommended refusal."

Councillor refused the plan by seven votes to four.

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