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Hills Awards for restoration

The Hills Amenity Society Committee at its meeting noted two properties which, in the members’ views, have recently been completed sensitively and to good effect.  Congratulations to the owners of 1 Kings Green (left) and 117 Queens Road (right) for showing the way.








The planning report to the January 2020 meeting of the Hills amenity Society Committee (see reported as follows:

5 Staples Road – proposed rear extension felt to be inappropriate and would affect house next door

32 Queens Road – Applications for annex at end of the garden would it was felt set an undesirable precedent and lead to more infilling. The proposed development backed on to Rose Cottage on the York Hill conservation area.

30 York Hill – while some changes had been made the proposal was still considered to be overdevelopment of the frontage.

The committee noted a report dated 11 June in which Louise Phillips from the Secretary of State’s department was very critical about EFDC planning. A link to the report was at

Woodberrie – development continued to be a major disruption and the scale of the extension even greater than perceived from the original plans. A complaint had been lodged to EFDC planning that the structure might be higher than that for which permission had been granted and the position different from that on the plans. A report was awaited.


The planning report to the November 2019 Hills Committee highlighted that an application had been submitted for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed shed/pool outbuilding as part of the redevelopment and extension of Woodberrie (development pictured)

It was noted that no decision had yet been recorded on applications to extend 30 York Hill, 17 Stony Path but 6 Ashley Grove application had been turned down.

The District Council had received three applications in respect of 32 Queens Road for an annexe, a single storey extension and Prior approval application for a 6 metre deep single storey rear extension, height to eaves 2.5 metres and maximum height of 4 metres. The Council had responded that prior approval was not required for the six metre deep rear extension which the Committee felt should be a matter for concern.