Neighbors are protesting Wolverhampton’s homeowner’s plans to expand the gym

Plans to expand a house near Wolverhampton have resulted in a number of objections from neighbors.

The owner of the detached house property in Oaklands Green, which is located in the Bilston North department, has applied to the city council for a building permit to add a single and two-story side and rear extension.

Plan managers have received a petition containing 16 names and two letters of opposition to the proposal.

The stated reasons are that the buildings will be out of character with the surrounding area and lead to loss of visibility for other residents, loss of light and lack of parking.

If permission is granted, the extension will house a playroom / gym on the ground floor next to the property and an additional bedroom and extended bedroom on the first floor, providing four large bedrooms in total.

In a report to the council, planning officer Tracey Homfray said: “The site is in an area that is predominantly residential at the head of a cul de sac, with an open space area in front leading to a common parking area.

“There is a front yard and a private enclosed garden at the back, with a fallen curb giving access to Green Park Avenue – also at the back of the residence.

“The applicant also proposes to grant access from an existing drive at the rear of the property to allow parking for two vehicles.

“Although this is a significant development – due to the fact that the house has a narrow corner location – the appearance of the property will primarily remain the same on the front, and the majority of the extension dominates the rear end,” the report states.

“At the back of the house, the extension will be clearly visible from Green Park Avenue, as the garden area borders this road.

“Obviously, it would not seem overbearing or oppressive from the avenue. The property has a substantial garden at the rear, which is of a sufficient size to support both the extension and its use.

“Parking is very limited due to the fact that a number of properties have no private off-road parking. However, applicant has proposed two private spaces at the rear of the property which can be accessed by an existing access.”

The Wolverhampton Council’s planning committee is due to make a decision on the application next Tuesday.


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