Mr Sid Gautam – the owner of the Clinton Road house which collapsed whilst being redeveloped last year – is to have another go at building a house on the now vacant plot.
Mr Gautam had undertaken an ambitious redevelopment of No 14 Clinton Road – a classic pre-war detached home which he was extending and remodelling and was to have featured a new subterranean basement – excavated underneath (and at the rear of) the original house.
Without warning about two-thirds of the house [which appeared not to have been sufficiently well supported] collapsed into the excavated rear garden.
Eventually Mr Gautam gave instructions for the remaining front facade of the building (which miraculously was still standing) – to be pulled down.
THE MARK II HOUSE: As no council permission had been given for the total demolition of the original house – and clearance of the entire site – a so-called “retrospective ” planning application was submitted to the Vale Council along to with plans for the erection of a completely new bespoke- designed house on the now-cleared site.
The Vale Council, however, refused to allow construction of this new house – saying it was “a poorly designed, incongruous and cramped form of development that fails to respect the existing character and appearance of the immediate surrounding area”.
Mr Gautam appealed against the Vale Council’s decision – but the Planning Inspectorate rejected his appeal – ruling the proposed replacement house “would be unacceptably harmful to the character and appearance of the site and the locality.”
THE MARK III HOUSE: Now a second plan for a new house – built to different dimensions – has now been submitted by Mr Gautam:-
In this latest planning application Mr Gautam admits that the design for the previous new house had been “subject to several objections from neighbours who raised concerns over the inappropriate design and size of the new works, with concerns that the proposal would adversely affect the character of the building itself and that of the wider area.” However, at this third attempt, Mr Gautam is clearly not expecting all the local residents will necessarily enthuse over his latest design – and says “somewhat similar objections are expected to be submitted with the current application.”
Mr Gautam also acknowledges that his latest scheme for a 6-bedroom house “would produce one of the larger properties on Clinton Road” but that the “amenity space” provided in the plot [ i.e the front and rear gardens and driveway] would be 63% larger than the footprint of the house itself.
As for parking, the application states that there would be enough on-site parking in the plans to cater for “a minimum of 4 large SUV’s [sic]” – and that even more cars could be parked in the grounds if they were “smaller types”.