GALLERY: Businessman hopes it will be second time lucky for proposed seven bedroom Georgian home in Wisbech

The plans for a seven bedroom Georgian home

The plans for a seven bedroom Georgian home - Credit: Archant

AN Essex businessman is hoping for a change of heart from Fenland’s planners about his proposal to demolish a derelict cottage which was destroyed by fire four years ago and replace it with a large Georgian home.

The derelict cottage on Mr Ray's land

The derelict cottage on Mr Ray's land - Credit: Archant

Minaxi Ray was refused permission by Fenland District Council to build a three-storey, seven bedroom Georgian home complete with balcony at Riverview along South Brink, Wisbech, in October last year.

Planners said Wisbech would gain nothing by replacing a fire ravaged “modest detached cottage with a very large, ostentatious mock Georgian building”.

The officers report from October last year said: “Serious concerns are raised with regard to the scale and design of the replacement.

“It is considered that the mix-up of styles, including the Venetian 17th century window, the mock Georgian appearance and the full length window on the front elevation, do nothing to reflect the character of Wisbech.

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“Not only will this confused appearance appear incongruous within its immediate setting but it also fails to promote or complement the town as a whole.”

Mr Ray has agreed to a 30 per cent reduction in the size of the proposed home in the hope this will persuade planners to approve the revised proposal.

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Peter Humphrey, the agent who submitted the application, says the home would act as a gateway site when approaching Wisbech on the main A47.

He says the proposal is for a “significant detached house of Georgian style and detail which will do justice to this large prominent site” and that, whilst the replacement presents a “significant uplift” in size, it incorporates details from similar large homes in the area.

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