Councillors signal victory for homeowner who can now build single storey cabin style annex for elderly relative

Floor plan for proposed log cabin style annex at Bury Lane, Sutton Planning officers want it refused

Floor plan for proposed log cabin style annex at Bury Lane, Sutton Planning officers want it refused as they claim it is too big - Credit: Archant

Councillors overturned a recommendation by officers and allowed a Sutton man to build a single storey cabin style annex to provide a home for an elderly relative with severe medical needs.

East Cambridgeshire Council planning committee agreed that the proposal would not as claimed by a planning officer be overbearing.

“It will meet the needs of a potentially disabled occupant,” said councillors. “It will be a temporary structure to be removed within six months of it no longer being needed.”

David Gibson, planning officer, had laid out his objections to the committee claiming that “due to its size and proposed internal layout” the amount of space being provided is over and above what would normally be expected in ancillary accommodation.

“It is considered that the proposed development could ultimately lead to a new separate unit of accommodation within the countryside,” said Mr Gibson.

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He wants the applicant Richard Hamence to explore options including an extension to his Bury Lane home or a smaller ancillary building “which would rely much more on the facilities of the host dwelling”.

A report to councillors says Mr Hamence wants the annex, which would have a lounge, dining area, toilet, study and bathroom, for a relative who needs round the clock assistance, and uses a wheelchair.

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The application went before the committee following the intervention of Councillor Lorna Dupre.

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