The application last June for 15 houses on the paddock between Church End and Great Denham was withdrawn following much local opposition. Now the developer is back with a fresh application to construct 5 dwellings on the site, following the success of another developer (on Appeal) to build 249 properties west of Gold Lane. Once again this application must be vigorously opposed, not just to preserve one of the few remaining green spaces in the village, but also because it will close the vital gap with Great Denham, and with its new housing will affect the historic character of this part of the village.
The Biddenham Society (founded 1965)
Church End paddock threatened again
Blakeney Estates Ltd (Mr O Doyle) has served notice in the local press that the proprietor intends to apply for planning permission to construct 15 dwellings on the 2.5-acre paddock between nos. 21 to 41 Church End and the golf course, demolishing the existing property of 21 Church End to provide access. This will be the developer’s fourth attempt in the last ten years to build on the site, all previous applications having been refused and the subsequent appeals dismissed.
The paddock is one of the few remaining green spaces in the old village, and is separated from the golf course and its housing by a popular public footpath running from Manor Road to The Branston Way.
This developer has a long history of back land development all over Biddenham. Many residents will be unaware of the extent of this, as the properties are often not easily visible from the public highway. Unfortunately, the outcome has been to obliterate many of Biddenham’s remaining green spaces, as well as having knock-on effects on the routes of underground water courses.
When the formal application is submitted, the society will once again be objecting to the development, and we urge residents to do likewise.
Tony Wood, Chairman
Application 16/03531/FUL seeks approval for a radical re-shaping of the 1930’s detached house at 33 Church End to include one and two storey front, side and rear extensions.
The Biddenham Society has lodged an objection to this proposal on the following grounds:
- the volume, massing and detail of the proposed alterations have little regard for the special character and visual qualities of the Conservation Area;
- the relationship of the proposed alterations to adjacent buildings is not contextually appropriate, virtually infilling the site with the loss of through views and open space and resulting in considerable impact on the Conservation Area;
- the exclusively traditional subservient roof forms which characterise Church End have been ignored;
- the 3D image presented showing the crown roof loses the massing of the roof in the low perspective view point, which would not be the case at eye level travelling along Church End in either direction;
- the positive contribution made by the original building to the Conservation Area has been subsumed and cannot be identified; and
- no reference is made to the boundary treatment in the plans as an element which has been identified as contributing to the Conservation Area.
A decision on the application is awaited.
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