Family’s joy as extension is approved

A FAMILY’S bid to extend their home to allow a retired relative to move in has won the council’s backing, despite recommendations to refuse the planning application.

Adur Council’s planning committee voted to allow the Lee family to build a large first-floor extension and dormer which would allow Mrs Lee’s mother to move into the house in Herbert Road, Sompting.

The committee heard that the family had canvassed the opinion of their neighbours and had won their support for the project.

Speaking at the meeting, Mrs Lee said: “We have walked our neighbourhood and become experts on extensions and found numerous examples of similar sized developments.”

She said the family had received many letters of support.

Councillor Carol Albury said the ‘unusual’ case was perhaps an overdevelopment, but had the backing of the community.

“None of the surrounding neighbours have put in anything against it, and in fact are very much for it,” she said.

“If you walk around the area there are so many different types of developments and windows and extensions. There just is no uniformity. The family have tried very hard to conform as much as they can the backing of their neighbours. We should recommend.”

Councillor Emma Evans said: “I must admit I wasn’t in favour but since they have got agreement from the neighbours, who are we to stop them?”