Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Henman ravishes Oxfordshire countryside

Former tennis player Tim Henman has been granted planning permission to demolish a cottage in the grounds of his 17th century grade II-listed mansion in South Oxfordshire and replace it with a gym.

South Oxfordshire District Council gave Henman the green light despite a refusal from the Aston Tirrold Parish Council who had concerns over its impact on the "historic street scene within the Conservation area."

Henman sought full planning for the demolition of the cottage and the erection of a replacement building to be used as an annexe to his Georgian home near Didcot, Oxon.

A separate conservation area consent application was also submitted for the demolition of the existing cottage.

Permission was granted on August 19 following a planning committee meeting.

Head of planning at South Oxfordshire District Council Adrian Duffield told the Daily Telegraph: ''The development lies within the well-defined confines of the built-up part of Aston Tirrold and there is no objection to the development.

''The scale and design of the development is sympathetic to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the setting of surrounding listed buildings.

''The scheme is otherwise generally in accordance with development plan policies.''


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