Fight against building new houses in gardens

Garden grabbing
Garden grabbing

Residents have called on neighbours to oppose an application to build two three-bedroom houses on land which used to be gardens.

Members of the public have until June 27 to make comments on an application to build two houses at the end of two houses’ gardens in Dellney Avenue, Haywards Heath.

The land, which is accessible via Oakdale Road, used to be part of the two neighbouring gardens but has been annexed off and sold.

Residents living in this area said they felt this application was an example of ‘garden grabbing’ and if the council allowed it to go ahead it would be a danger to the beauty of the whole of the town.

Retired resident Pamela Sheridan, of Dellney Avenue, said: “We don’t want this garden grabbing to set a trend or Haywards Heath is not going to be such a beautiful place any more.”

Pamela’s son Hesaan Sheridan, 46, of Dellney Avenue, agreed that if this was to be allowed this would pose a danger to all gardens with a side road.

He said the road was already busy because motorists parked there when visiting the Princess Royal Hospital.

He added that the houses would have gardens around 2.5 metres deep and six metres wide which will be very small in comparison to the rest of the area.

He said: “I really feel sorry for the people that will end up living there.”

“The contrast is going to be quite big for anyone who lives there. I think they’re going to feel quite deprived.”

The Middy tried to contact the architect David Jenkins Design but did not receive a response by the time the paper went to press. The architect has stated in one of the planning documents: “The amenity space is satisfactory in town areas, keeping garden maintenance to a minimum, limiting future extension and secures smaller dwellings for the future.”

It stated the design will respect the character of the area and there will be off road parking and suitable spaces between existing and new buildings.

Jerry Loft, 51, of Dellney Avenue, a father of two, said one of his children is disabled so his garden has always acted as a space of peace and refuge.

He said: “We’ve lived here about 18 years.

“It would affect the outlook from our garden and from the rear of our house. We’ve got a nice open aspect with trees in the background. We would effectively lose privacy in our garden as the proposed development would overlook the rear of our house.”

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