Councillors defer decision on plan to extend home in Beechwood Avenue, Melton, into eight bedroom property

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An application to extend a three-bedroom detached home on Beechwood Avenue, Melton, into an eight-bedroom property has been deferred by the borough council’s planning committee.

Applicant Joe Klimis told the committee he wanted to turn number 31 into a long-term family home but it was never his intention to upset his neighbours.

But committee members also heard from one his neighbours who claimed the extended property would be ‘visually overbearing’ and ‘out of keeping with homes on the avenue’. He also claimed the extension would block sunlight coming into his living room and there would be an ‘inevitable problem of noise’ with 11 occupants living there.

The council has also received objections from other neighbouring residents.

Ward councillor Pam Posnett said she had sympathy regarding the applicant’s personal circumstances but felt more weight should be given to the impact on his neighbours and on the avenue as a whole.

Committee members voted to defer the application in order to give them time to view the property from number 29 Beechwood Avenue.