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Property developer Mr Keely was initially only granted permission to build a bike shed, with South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) making clear that the building could not be used as a residence.
SODC rejected two further applications to convert the building into a house, saying that it was not in keeping with the Wheatley conservation area.
However, Mr Keely, who runs Keely Construction, appealed to the government’s Planning Inspectorate, which overturned the decision and even ordered the council to pay him compensation.
SODC declined to comment on the compensation paid to Mr Keely, but spokesman Gavin Walton said: “We and members of the community believe that this proposal is out of keeping with the surrounding High Street area.
He told the Oxford Mail: “I understand that Tess has been sad,
and that makes me sad. I didn’t [name it the Shoebox] to taunt her, and I have no negative feelings in the slightest.”
Mrs Harris, who lives the house with her son, told the Oxford Mail she was shocked to see what looked like a house being erected where permission had only been granted for a bike shed.
She said that application had never described the proposal as a ‘two storey’ building, and the drawings submitted had been inaccurate.
Mrs Harris suggested that Mr Keely had been building a house, not a bike shed, all along.
However, the developer insisted the building adheres to all the original specifications.
Despite her anger at the situation,
Mr Keely’s neighbour said she was ultimately concerned with the bigger picture.
She added: “We can’t live in a world where building developers can override council policies with the view that they’re doing society a favour by providing cheap housing.”