Family wins bid for home extension

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A FAMILY fighting to extend their home won their battle against neighbours and council officials last week.

Adur Council’s planning committee granted Charlotte Radford of East Meadway permission to remodel her home, overruling planning officers’ recommendations.

Faced with opposition from neighbours, Mrs Radford defended the plans, arguing that the current layout was unsuitable, the house was completely in the shade, all the rooms were overlooked and the family had no privacy.

“We have one tiny shower room as a bathroom, the upstairs bedrooms are very small, and the corridor is just about wide enough for my seven-year-old daughter to walk along,” she said.

“The living plan is completely unacceptable and we need to make it into a proper family home.”

Neighbour Pauline Brown she had had a ‘great deal of trouble’ last year getting off her driveway when a nearby property was being developed.

Mr Kevin Hall said his house would lose a lot of light and the design would have a ‘dramatic overbearing effect on neighbouring buildings’.

But councillors voted unanimously to approve the plan. Councillor Mike Mendoza had visited the property and said: “I can say at present it is dwarfed by its neighbours and I’m sure anything is going to be an improvement.”