Bid to halt garage Edgworth extension overruled at detached moorland village home

Borough councillors have over-ruled that parish colleagues on a proposal to increase the height of a new garage and create a new driveway at a detached moorland village home.

Kenneth Warner had already secured approval for the additions to his White Lodge Farm in Blackburn Road, Edgworth. It followed a successful appeal to the government’s planning inspectorate after an initial refusal by Blackburn with Darwen Council for his proposal for the ‘conversion of garage to garden room, construction of garage to side and driveway to serve new garage using existing access onto Blackburn Road’.

Now his request for permission for a bigger new triple garage at the end of the new driveway has been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning committee when it met this month.

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This was despite North Turton Parish Council submitting an objection saying: “The Parish Council has no objection to the erection of the garage but has a very strong objection to the position of the driveway as it is a very busy location.”

A report by planning officer Adam Shaikh recommending approval told the councillors: “The application site comprises a substantial, detached dwelling set within extensive grounds.

“Planning permission is sought for the erection of a garage to the northern gable and creation of driveway to the side of the house.

“The majority of the proposed works have already been confirmed as lawful and a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) was granted by The Planning Inspectorate on March 4 2024, following an appeal hearing.

“Taking this material decision into account, the proposal is acceptable.”