I haven’t posted much about the house for the last month or so because I have been so busy. I have been trying to prepare the house for my daughter and her family to come and stay when they visit from New Zealand. Overlaid on top of that was a significant amount of activity in relation to planning – more later.
9th September – A memorable day
I had picked Clare and her family up from Heathrow a few days earlier, but Wednesday 9th was the day they came to the house. That same day at 9 o’clock, the planning committee of West Berkshire council convened at my site!
I had been told about 2 weeks before that the number of complaints by my neighbours about the level of the chalk in my back garden was such that Streatley Parish council had objected to my landscape plan for the design of the front and back gardens. They wanted all of the excavated chalk removed from site! Although the Wet Berkshire planning department were happy with my plans, their delegated powers were removed in this case and the full committee would make the decision. 9 West Berkshire councillors, 3 West Berkshire planning department staff and 3 objectors joined the site visit (15 in all and 9 cars).
Having viewed my rear garden the group moved next door leaving the tallest member in my garden so that all could see the extent of “overlooking”. He had to be asked to raise his arm and wave as he was invisible from my neighbours garden – enough said. The decision is to be taken at a full meeting of the planning committee in a week’s time. Until the matter was decided I was still prevented from moving into my new home!
On that same day at lunchtime the Red Arrows performed over Lough Down!
They were brought there by a local charity fund raising event.