Hampton-in-Arden traders and the Hampton Society have won a battle for a neighbouring property not to be extended.
Members of Solihull Council’s planning committee have thrown out the plans following concerns the extra building work would be ‘claustrophobic’ for the nearby businesses.
The residents of an address in Butchers Road wanted to add a side extension to their home to cater for their growing family.
But residents and traders who surround the property said the building work would impinge on their space and privacy.
Mike Grundy who runs the Village Stores said: “I have lived at the flat and have run the shop since 1994. The business is my life and leaves little time for anything else.
“My only respite during my working day is when I take breaks and retreat to the refuge of my flat or back yard.
“[The extension] will be completely overbearing on the yard and will spoil the enjoyment of the little spare time I have.”
Hampton Wines trader Diane Hughes described the extension as ‘inappropriate’ and would put her back yard into ‘virtual darkness.’
The Hampton Society also objected to the application, saying: “it represents an over intensive use in the conservation area and is detrimental to the adjacent listed buildings as well as to the occupants of those properties.”
Committee members, who have also visited the site, agreed the extension would be too intrusive on the surrounding buildings and refused the application.