A 13-YEAR-OLD plan to build a bungalow at the bottom of a cul-de-sac was rejected again.

Worcester City Council's planning committee again turned down a plan to replace an "underused" set of garages with a two-bedroom bungalow in Farm Close off Bilford Road in Worcester.

Councillor Alan Amos welcomed the "council's stand against back garden developments" and voted against the plan.

He said: "If that area had genuinely been for houses then I am sure that houses would have been built there at the time the same as all the others.

"The garden and open space was left there for a purpose and I'm going to want to be maintaining that," he told the city council's planning committee on Thursday (September 19).

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A similar plan was rejected twice by the city council in 2006 and 2007 - when the site was still part of the rear garden of homes in Field Road - over concerns it was overdevelopment and of out-of-keeping with the area.

Another plan was rejected by the council in October 2008 and two appeals to the planning inspectorate were rejected in 2007 and 2009.

Both reports by the planning inspectorate concluded that building a bungalow would be "intrusive" to neighbours and would not respect the existing character of the area.

Cllr Pat Agar said the changes in planning policy since 2008 were "not sufficient enough" to change her mind about the site.

She said: "I do think it would be intrusive and I do think it is out-of-keeping and of course it is technically a 'back garden development' so I will be supporting the officer's recommendation [of refusal]."

The site was previously part of the rear garden of two homes in Field Road. The land was split and sold off in 2008.