ANGRY neighbors have beaten up a wealthy homeowner who wants to build a three-story house in his front yard.
Phil Webb and wife Victoria have been given the green light to demolish their existing garage and Build a whopping new property at his place.
But locals say the “egregious” plan will completely block their view – and many plan to sell and leave the area over fears house prices will plummet.
The Webbs’ new second home at Barton Edge will face their £1.5million six-bed mansion Winchester, Hampshire.
The program involves cutting down trees and installing new “park and turn” landscaping.
Nicola Cornish, who lives in the Webbs’ next-door semi-detached house, said the build will look straight into neighbors’ gardens.
The 48-year-old therapist said: “This is going to change everything.
“Our gardens are very private and are not overlooked by anywhere else.
“When I bought this property in 2010, I thought it unlikely that another building would be built so close by.
“I think it could reduce our property values because our gardens have always been private and now – suddenly – we’re going to have windows looking down on them.
“They seem to have people building all over Winchester. I am thinking of selling because this new house will change everything.”
Diana Burr lives in a £200,000 one-bedroom ground floor flat at Dalzell House. Your kitchen window shows where the big new house will be.
The 55-year-old, who teaches online English lessons, said: “Many neighbors were upset and opposed and it’s not surprising as it will be massive and very high.
“Since our apartments face the new house on the hillside, it will appear like a four-story building.
“It is amazing that the plans were passed. It just seems very unfair. My apartment is already quite dark and this will only make it darker.
ANGRY OF THE NEIGHBORS
“A lot of time was spent at the meeting talking about the wildlife and the trees and the people on the streets, but what about us neighbors?”
Victoria Sara, 36, lives in an upstairs apartment at Dalzell House and worries the Webbs could eventually rent out the new house as an Airbnb.
The manager of the dispatcher said: “It’s just a development and there’s nothing to suggest they won’t airbnb it in the future, which could cause a lot of noise and people coming and going.
“I don’t know why they need it – it’s outrageous. If these apartments were owned by private individuals, I think there would be more concerns.”
Philip Glassborow, a writer and playwright who lives nearby, said the plans “have failed”.
“IT IS UNUSUAL”
“I know you can’t object to building on the property if neighboring houses go down in value, but what about the light the surrounding houses lose?” he asked.
And Elaine Barrett, who lives in one of the lots below the new build, said she and her husband Geoff will notice a reduction in sunlight.
The retired scientist said: “Because the proposed house is so high it will overlook all of our gardens which will leave a real lack of privacy.
“It will block the sun from our gardens here and they will look straight into our gardens.
“There’s also concern that this could drive home prices down – this new development is bound to do that.”
The Webbs’ detached home was built between 1900 and 1929 and has six bedrooms and three reception areas.
When asked to comment on his neighbors’ complaints, Mr Webb, 56, who has three children and has lived in his home for more than a decade, said: “The application has been processed and I don’t really have a comment to make.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18135187/neighbour-anger-new-house-front-garden-winchester/ Our neighbor is building a three storey house in his FRONT GARDEN… it will spoil our view – we are angry