Plans for house at Barkham Manor Farm to be decidedBy Julie Spencer
October 17, 2012
Plans to build a house for an agricultural worker at Barkham Manor Farm will be decided by Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee tonight.
Neighbours have objected to the two-storey home with detached garage at the turkey and pig farm in The Coombes, claiming it is too big for a farmworker’s home.
A total of 16 complaints have been sent to Wokingham planners, claiming the proposed house will encroach upon the area of Special Landscape Importance and is out of character with other properties.
Barkham Parish Council is also opposing the application for the house, which would be accessed across private land owned by Barkham Manor.
Farmer Roy Maslin lost a High Court appeal in July after he was ordered to demolish three buildings at the farm deemed to be ‘harmful to the character and appearance of the area’.
Mr Maslin had tried to challenge a Government planning inspector’s decision to uphold borough council enforcement notices which ordered the demolition.
Planning officers are recommending Mr Maslin’s latest application is approved, subject to legal agreements.