A 13-YEAR-OLD plan to knock down a garage block and build a bungalow at the bottom of a cul-de-sac looks set to be rejected for a fourth time.

The plan looks for permission to build a two-bedroom bungalow in Farm Close off Bilford Road in Worcester, replacing an "underused" set of garages.

A similar plan was rejected twice by Worcester 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 of out-of-keeping with the character of the area.

Another plan was rejected by the city council's planning committee in October 2008.

Two appeals to the planning inspectorate were rejected in 2007 and 2009.

Council planning officers have recommended the plan is refused again when councillors meet this week to make a decision.

Planning officers said again that a new bungalow would be intrusive and out-of-character for the area.

The site where the bungalow would sit was previously part of the rear garden of two homes in Field Road.

The land was split and sold off in 2008.

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.

However, a new bungalow would be making the best use of redundant land, according to a planning statement accompanying the application.

Neighbours in Field Road raised several objections for the latest plan for a new bungalow.

Chris Bozward of Farm Close raised no objection and said: "I have no objection whatsoever regarding this planning application. In fact I would welcome this development because this particular spot has been neglected for decades.

"The tarmac has disintegrated and become uneven creating multiple tripping hazards. In addition the removal of those unsightly wooden gates would be a blessing."

Adam Naylor of Field Close said: "I strongly object to this application as my house and garden will be overshadowed causing of light to my property and premises, it would be completely intrusive and highly visible when viewed from my property.”

Worcester City Council's planning committee meets on Thursday (September 19) to discuss the plan.