Residents against shop expansion in Church Street, Oakham

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Residents have voiced their opposition to plans to build an extension to an empty shop which they say would overlook their back gardens.

Raj Uppal has applied to Rutland County Council to build a single storey extension to the former Grimmer’s DIY and Garden store in Church Street, Oakham.

The extension would take up an existing yard and would back on to several gardens in Dean’s Street.

The shop building is grade two listed and the planning application says the extension would have a retail use.

At an Oakham Town Council planning and parks committee meeting on Wednesday, residents of Dean’s Street spoke out against the plans.

Malcolm Smith said: “My garden backs onto the yard. The shop has had no attached buildings since 1950 when it became listed.

“I don’t see how an extension at the back adds any value to the listed building.

“It adds value to the business but not to the listed building.

“I would argue that it would cause a great deal of harm to us.”

David Perril agreed with Mr Smith’s comments, adding: “There was never a listed building in that yard.”

Coun Joyce Lucas said: “It is part of the historic core of the town and there are a lot of yards in this area. I think it is a great shame that these yards are being eroded.”

The planning application comprises an L-shaped unit with about 590 sq ft of retail space.

The new building would have red brick walls, a slate roof and timber window frames with an exposed oak 
frame. It would be one storey with an asymmetric roof, designed to fit in with the design of the existing building.

The extension would have a glass shopfront facing out onto a courtyard, accessible by a covered walkway that already leads to the site. There is no parking at the site.

Councillors voted to recommend refusal to Rutland County Council.