Jennett's Park garages may have to be demolishedBy Hugh Fort
August 15, 2011
A row of garages built too small to fit cars into could be pulled down unless a better solution can be agreed with residents.
A meeting between homeowners in Jennett’s Park and planning officers from Bracknell Forest Council was held last Tuesday over the future of the garages, which have properties above.
The council has now used enforcement powers to force the developer to solve the problem – with the worse case scenario being the destruction of the properties.
Great Hollands councillor Mary Temperton was at the meeting. She said: “By law the council has now got to enforce its decision.
“Hopefully, the parties involved will come to a solution over this. It’s a real difficult situation for the homeowners.”
The developer also provided other options for residents and the council to consider, however these have not been disclosed.
In June, a Government inspector ruled the 18 garages were built too small after the council received complaints that cars would not fit into the space.
It came after an initial decision by the council to refuse a retrospective planning application from the developer asking for the garages to remain as they are.
The garages are underneath flats in the estate and people would be forced to leave their homes should they have to be demolished and rebuilt.
The planning permission states the garages should be 2.8 metres wide, but, in fact, are only 2.5 metres wide, meaning that many cars could not fit inside.
Vincent Haines, the council’s head of development management, said “The council continues to be in dialogue with the residents of the affected Jennett’s Park properties and is seeking from Persimmon Homes proposals which will ensure adequately-sized parking facilities are provided.”
Ian Menham, managing director of Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “We recently met with Bracknell Forest Council to discuss the potential solutions to move this matter forward.
“We are pleased to hear that the council has now met with residents to discuss these options and we await feedback from them on the outcome of this meeting.”