Plans for a two-storey home extension in Great Bedwyn have been approved despite objections.

James Vaughan and Hayley Kane have won planning permission to build a two-storey rear and side extension, and to enlarge the garage to side at 3 Rosemary Close in Great Bedwyn.

This decision, however, is contentious as the parish council had objected to the extension plans, stating: “We object due to the main wall being actually on the boundary with the neighbours at 4 Rosemary Close and we cannot see how construction will be facilitated as the building is directly on the boundary.”

Mr and Mrs Seest, of 4 Rosemary Close said: “As a consequence of the new construction the roof-overhang will protrude over the boundary line. This will, supposedly, give No 3 further rights to enter our property for future maintenance of the extension, which we do not find acceptable.

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“Scaffolding will almost certainly be required and given the location of the proposed extension will block access to the rear of our property, including our backdoor. We believe that this part of our property would become a building site.

“Our backdoor is in constant use and it would be a huge loss of amenity during the duration of the build if we could not use it.”

Responding, planning officers wrote: "Due to the natural sun path, and this part of the rear elevation of the neighbouring property protruding further north that the only window and door would be affected by the proposal, it is considered that the window and doors in question would already be overshadowed by the neighbouring property and then later in the day by the existing application site, as such there would be no increase to the current impact.

“The proposed extension is modest in footprint and would not appear any more overbearing than the existing property."