Garden parking bid fails at former home of Amy Johnson

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A RESIDENTS’ association has welcomed a decision to refuse planning permission to a couple wanting to have a car parking space in the front garden of their home where the famous aviator Amy Johnson once lived.

A heated debate heard the pros and cons of the plan, which would involve crossing a verge in a conservation area of Hull.

The owner, who lives at 85 Park Avenue, and was supported by several neighbours, argued that there were numerous verge crossings already in the area, and that having to park on the opposite side of the road presented difficulties for a family with young children.

But opponents said that allowing the application would undermine a so-called “Article 4 direction” aimed at preserving conservation areas and it would mean “all 900 Avenues families could use the same argument”.

Councillors refused the application, which would have involved cutting down a healthy lime tree, which the couple says is causing damage to their house, at a planning meeting last week.

The address was the home between 1918 and 1927 of Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.

Owner Rick Pennack told the committee they loved living in the Avenues, but the house was “landlocked”, with no access to the rear and double yellow lines outside, with the only parking available on the other side of the road.

Coun Tom McVie said “just about every house” in the immediate area had vehicular access and he thought it was “absurd” to claim an extra crossover would spoil views of the street, adding: “This one will make no difference whatsoever.”

But other councillors disagreed and refused the application.

Stephanie Wilson, chairman of the Avenues and Pearson Park Residents’ Association, said: “Previous crossovers are no precedent, whatever the owner argues, because they are historic, before the car became such a modern vital component and before on-site car parking became a problem.

“If they hadn’t refused the application the whole credibility of Article 4 would disintegrate. The verges are a vital part of the historic design and vistas.”

The Avenues was designated a conservation area in 1974.

The couple now have the opportunity to appeal.