Shoreham councilman’s bungalow can be demolished and replaced with two houses

The application to demolish 51 Old Fort Road – which is listed as Councilor Dave Collins’ home address – and replace it with two new houses was approved by the Adur District Council Planning Committee on Monday March 7 .

Mr. Collins (Ind, Navy) declares a pecuniary interest in the nomination and leaves the meeting during the debate and the vote.

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This followed fears that the new three-storey houses, now with balconies, were “too big” for the plot.

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Opponents said they were “surprised” that it was recommended for approval.

“The property is fundamentally too big for the land and no realignment, without reducing the overall size and massing of this vast house, will ever be able to fit it into such a small lot,” said one.

Proposed two new homes

Another objector said: ‘We think it’s way too advanced, even in its revised form – It’s really been incorporated into this particular plot.’

Concerns over the size of the gardens have also been raised and officers said they will not meet local planning requirements when shared between two properties.

Steve Neocleous (Con, Churchill) asked if the floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor had caused the property to move even closer to the road – which was raised by an opponent.

However, architect James Breckell reassured the committee that the proposed buildings had not come any closer to the road.

He said the building had been moved back just over a meter and a half, with the height of the building reduced by 0.65 metres.

“In practice, the applicant is the least important detail,” Breckell added.

“This committee very graciously gave me the opportunity last month to rethink and we have responded to everything that has been said in this committee.”

Brenda Collins, who is listed as a candidate on planning documents, said there had been “very unusual levels of support” for the plans.

“It is normal for property developments to attract objections,” she said, “but very unusual for such levels of support.

“Many people on Shoreham Beach also supported this app.

“The main reason for their support is the quality of the design.

“In my opinion, there are not many people who would not want to live in these beautiful houses.

“Every square inch has been carefully thought out, providing the owner with quality and spacious living in an enchanting setting just steps from the beach.”

More details can be found on the council planning portal using reference: AWDM/2007/21.