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Havering Council planning: Roundup of applications

PUBLISHED: 16:35 19 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:42 19 November 2013

Planning committee chairman Cllr Barry Oddy (Tory, Elm Park)

Planning committee chairman Cllr Barry Oddy (Tory, Elm Park)

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Planning permission was granted unanimously to a two-storey extension for a house in Suttons Avenue, Hornchurch, by Havering Council's planning committee on Thursday .

The application was recommended for refusal by planning officers – but Cllr Nic Dodin (Residents, Hacton) had called it in on grounds there were already similar extensions on eight of the 10 corner houses in the immediate vicinity.

Cllr Roger Evans (Tory, Elm Park) said: “What we’re being invited to do is say: ‘Other people have done it before; therefore, we should let it go through.’”

He pointed out policy had changed since the other extensions had been built.

He added: “The application process shouldn’t be a lottery or a game of roulette.

“There should be a set of rules and people should know if they have stuck by them the result should be predictable.”

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A first-floor side extension to a house in Link Way, Hornchurch, was given the go-ahead.

Planning officers had recommended it be refused because of its likely impact on the appearance of the surrounding area.

But it was passed unanimously after it came to light the extension had been recommended by the occupational therapist of a severely handicapped child living in the house.

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Eight flats and a three-storey detached house will be built on the site of existing garages between numbers 2 and 6, Fitzilian Avenue, Romford.

Permission was granted by nine votes to two abstentions.

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A two-storey house in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, that had already largely been built was granted planning permission.

“It’s impinging on the neighbouring property in such a way it’s reducing daylight,” said Cllr Dodin.

But despite his concerns, and those of three other councillors, the application was passed by seven votes to four. Had permission been refused, the developer would have been asked to demolish the building.

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Unanimous planning permission was granted to a rear extension to a house in Edmund Road, Rainham, despite officers’ recommendations it be refused.

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A rear extension, in Paternoster Row, Noak Hill, was granted planning permission by unanimous decision.

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