A HOUSE of ‘21st century design’ will be the latest addition to a rural hamlet near Lower Beeding after councillors disagreed with officers over refusing planning permission.
On Tuesday councillors on the Horsham District Council development management committee approved plans for a derelict bungalow at Garwyns Farm, Church Lane, Plummers Plain to be demolished and replaced with a three-bedroom modern house with a solar panel roof, basement detached carport and garage.
Officers had recommended members to refuse the plans on the grounds it ‘would visually intrude upon the rural landscape’ and be ‘detrimental to the visual amenity and character of the local area’.
However, supported by Lower Beeding Parish Council and local member Duncan England (Con, Nuthurst), the committee decided against their advice.
Ian Howard (Con, Southwater) said: “We are now in the 21st century and it’s about time we started building some 21st century houses.
“There’s a lot of modern technology these days. They have made adaptations to the reduce the size.
“The fact we have a basement is a benefit. The building looks a lot better than the ram-shackled bungalow that’s there at the moment.
“It’s a nice tree setting which will take this house very well. It will not be out of place.”
Mr England put forward the motion to support the application.
He said: “I believe there are significant benefits for sustainable construction here.
“It’s an unusual design, but because of the position it’s in, I feel it would be acceptable mainly because of the different types of building in the area.”
The committee decided to grant permission on the grounds that it ‘did not materially affect the amenities of neighbouring occupiers or the character and visual amenities of the locality’.