An application in 2007 to demolish the rather dilapidated existing building, originally the Coach House to the former Oaklands Manor House, was strongly resisted by near neighbours with the support of one of our Ward Councillors. The proposal was refused and an appeal against this decision dismissed in December 2007. A subsequent application that had taken account of the Inspector’s comments on the design quality of the scheme and failure to take the opportunities for improving the character and quality of the area was approved by an LBB Plans Committee in 2008. The building on the site was demolished about a year following the consent and more recently some work started on the permitted scheme. Various applications earlier this year for amendments to this consent have not succeeded but a more recent request that appears to take account also of comments from local residents was permitted at Plans Committee on 27th October.