Neighbours row over controversial Windermere bungalow demolition but plans given the go ahead

Divisive plans to demolish a Windermere bungalow and replace it with a larger, two-storey house has been given approval by the national park authority’s development control committee.

The application from Mr and Mrs D Greaves would see the new home in Wynlass Park finished in stone beneath a slate roof, with a proposed ridge height similar to a neighbouring – uphill – property.

Detractors have said the new site would alter the feel of the area, but the applicants have pointed out the plan has been altered to accommodate feedback and say that other, taller properties already exist in the road.

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Among the residents to speak in opposition to the proposal at Wednesday’s meeting was a Mr Hoyle, who expressed concerns over the ‘proportionate size of the property compared to the rest of the properties’, claiming the proposed build would be two-and-a-half-times the size in terms of living space.

Mrs Sidney also spoke in opposition to the application, saying: “The main objection is on the basis of it altering the character of the area. It’s a very open, spacious feel [in the road] at the present time. It’s going to alter the feel of the lane very much.”

Mrs Greaves told the meeting the application she and her husband had put in was a ‘significant revision of a previous application, based on feedback’.

“The basement that was previously included has been removed,” she said. “If approval is given, our [house] will be lower in height than two other properties on Wynlass Park. The house has been planned to our needs, with just one master bedroom and two smaller bedrooms for when our children and grandchildren stay.”

Area planner Neil Henderson, in a report produced ahead of the meeting, had recommended the application for approval.

Hugh Branney told fellow committee members: “I have every sympathy with the objectors on this one, but I don’t think we have sufficient grounds to go along with them, and I think we have to agree with the officer’s recommendation.”

Lancs Live – Cumbria