New homes move ahead in Bourton-on-the-Water
By Simon Hacker | 24th May 2023
A former tyre-fitting business in Bourton-on-the-Water will finally see conversion to three homes if Cotswold planners accept the latest bid for modifications to the project.
Ebley Tyre And Auto Services stopped trading at 2, Lansdowne, in the top Cotswold tourism spot in 2017 with permission already granted for demolition of the main premises, near the Mousetrap Inn, along with rear sheds, and replacement with five dwellings. The application was subsequently modified and approved in 2017 for four dwellings.
In January last year though, the land changed hands for £500,000 and was bought by resident Steve O'Driscoll, who runs a light haulage and house removals business. Planners accepted a bid to build one three-storey house at the site and two adjacent flats, with a residential garage and store.
Mr Driscoll told Punchline he intends to use the finished project, which is being completed by a team of local builders, as his own family accommodation. He added he was unsure of a final completion date.
A Design and Access statement subsequent to last year's permission and passed to Cotswold planners requests alterations to a a first-floor bedroom, changes to location and sizing of windows and the raising of two walls above a dining and garden room to provide a further bedroom.
A spokesman for the parish council said it welcomed the development, that the building were "of character", and that the flat component of the project satisfied its concerns for provision of affordable housing for local residents.
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