Oast works will add to his­toric char­ac­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

AL­TER­ATIONS to an oast house in Bid­den­den have been ap­proved, de­spite be­ing con­trary to plan­ning pol­icy. The own­ers of the Ten­ter­den Road prop­erty sought per­mis­sion to con­vert their garage into a sit­ting room and at­tic bed­room. Ash­ford bor­ough coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee was last Wed­nes­day ad­vised to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion, on the ba­sis that it would spoil the his­toric char­ac­ter of the oast. But ward mem­ber Cllr Neil Bell ques­tioned how much char­ac­ter there was to spoil. He said: “It is not classed as a listed build­ing, sits in 10 acres of its own land and the ex­ten­sion will en­hance what lit­tle his­toric char­ac­ter re­mains.” Coun­cil­lors agreed that the con­ver­sion was mod­est and would not de­tract from the area.

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