A local councillor in Tandragee, Northern Ireland, has brought forward a series of objections to a plan to adapt house for a disabled child as neighbours have branded the proposed adaptions a “monstrosity.”

Per the Armagh I’s report, Independent Unionist councillor Paul Berry was sympathetic to the family, but noted that the Housing Executive’s proposals did not take into consideration the privately owned neighbouring properties, whose owners objected to the proposals on the grounds that they would have a “severe negative impact.”

The proposals made by the Housing Executive, the public housing authority in Northern Ireland which is responsible for examining housing requirements and drawing up programmes to meet said requirements, involved the construction of a front and rear extension, a single storey side, a living room, kitchen, store room, bathroom and shower room, with a ramp for access to the front of the property to ensure accessibility for the child, who uses a wheelchair.

Councillor Berry’s objections on behalf of the residents, were that the adaptions to the home would not be in-keeping with the style of the cottages, which he said currently look similar in terms of “scale, massing and architectural appearance,” and the adaptations to the property would “completely and utterly destroy that.”

He felt that the proposed changes to the building hung on the child’s disability, and while he felt the needs of the family were important, he questioned why the family could not be homed in another property within the area, saying that “a monstrosity on the doorstep of these neighbouring properties” should not be erected.

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