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Controversial garage plans given approval

Created on 18/06/2022 @ 11:58

Two classic cars will be kept in a controversial garage in Newtown which has been given planning permission by Powys County Councillors.

At a meeting of the council’s planning committee meeting, plans by Karl Chapple-Gill to demolish an old garage, build a new garage, as well as a new driveway and drop the kerb at High Meadow, number three Churchill Drive, Newtown was back in front of councillors.

The application had been called in by the former county councillor for the area Dan Rowlands.

This was due to local concerns over the size of the garage and whether it was for “commercial use.”

The application was originally in front of the committee in April, but it was deferred.

This is because there were concerns had been raised that deciding the application could “have an impact” on the local election which was held in May.

Planning officer Luke Woosnam told councillors that building will 6.35 metres in length, 6.35 metres in width and have a maximum height of 3.6 metres.

This was just slightly too big to have been allowed under permitted development rights.

Objector Mike Hughes said: “This is an industrial building in all but name, it rises enormously over the neighbouring boundaries and can be seen from many parts of the estate.”

He asked the committee to postpone making a decision so that they could visit the site and: “understand why I and many other residents are incensed by this development.”

Ann Chapple-Gill the applicant’s mother, spoke in favour of the application, she said: “I’m here to represent Karl, he’s still unwell as this whole situation is having a big impact on him at the moment.

“It will be replacing a falling down beyond repair asbestos filled garage which is known as a hazardous building material and needs to be removed.

“This is so the family can spend time in the garden with no worries.”

“The new double garage will be for my sons two classic cars which are his hobby and storing bikes and gardening tools for the family.”

Mrs Chapple-Gill explained that the garage was going to be built using permitted development rights, but they found the garage frame was 300mm “too high at the eaves,” which have a height of 2.85m.

Mr Woosnam told councillors that a condition would be added onto the planning permission to restrict the use of the garage and make sure it is not used for any commercial purposes.

Cllr Heulwen Hulme asked why the applicant wanted the garage to be so high?

Mr Woosnam said it was the standard size that the garage building kit comes in.

“If this had been a bit lower it wouldn’t have been in front of us today,” said Mr Woosnam,

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the garage plans.



By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service