Councillors have approved a scheme for Bury St Edmunds which will see a garage replaced by a modern infill house.
The plans submitted by John Stebbing Architects Ltd proposed knocking down a garage at the back of a home in Albert Street and building a two-storey Victoria Street home in its place, dividing the garden between the two properties while also including a garage.
But they were criticised for being ‘too modern’ for the area and for creating potential parking and traffic problems.
On Thursday, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee discussed the scheme, ultimately giving it the green light.
Resident Chris Williams said that while he was opposed to the application he was not against the principle of developing the site.
“Is this proposal really the best solution for this site,” he asked, adding that it would prove to be an important test case for what is considered acceptable within a Victorian conservation area.
John Stebbing, however, said the street already consisted of a ‘collection of distinct, different buildings’ and the modern design was his way of meeting the council’s requirements in such areas as parking.
Cllr David Nettleton said he thought the plans showed ‘a very poor design’ while Cllr Angela Rushen said it would stand out ‘like a sore thumb’.
“I don’t think this sort of design fits in with the street scene at all - I think it will look horrible and totally out of character,” warned Cllr Pat Warby.
Meanwhile, Cllr Tony Brown praised the building’s ‘quirky but interesting’ design and Cllr Julia Wakelam said it was good to have pastiche architecture and urged councillors to ‘be brave’ and accept it.
It was passed by five votes.