A DISABLED village stalwart has been given a glimmer of hope in her bid to build an extension at her home to accommodate carers.
Susan Stubbs wants the two-storey addition at the side and back of her detached cottage in Sandon Road, Hilderstone.
A meeting of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee heard the former WI president was confined to a wheelchair most of the time because of polio.
Mrs Stubbs’s agent said she was a tireless worker for the community and charity and the extra room would give her more space to manoeuvre her wheelchair.
The plans would lead to a 115 increase on the original size of the house but although planners said they didn’t have a problem with the design they recommended refusal because the boundary of the house would extend into the countryside.
A report to the committee said: “The proposed residential cartilage extension would form a significant incursion into the open countryside which is considered to harm the character and appearance of the rural locality by reason of its scale and domesticating nature.”
Ward Councillor Andrew Harp said: “The family have lived and worked in the community for many years. Now Mrs Stubbs will need more help as time goes on. This is a very small cottage and the amount which is going to go on is very small in comparison with a lot of other houses.
“The whole of the village supports this and we should support it.”
Mrs Stubbs still edits the parish magazine and is on the village hall committee. She is also a past president of the WI.
The committee was told a compromised might be available and the application was deferred for more discussion.
After the meeting Mrs Stubbs said: “The trouble is the upstairs doors are not wide enough on the bedroom and bathroom so I’m having to use a walker upstairs which is not safe for me because I’m liable to fall over because polio affects your balance.
“Having a wet room will also help because carers will be able to assist me in having a shower. There will be a lot more space. As things deteriorate I will need to get two people in to assist me in case I fall over.”