Friday, October 4, 2013
Two new blocks of flats in the Avenues, totalling 14 apartments, have been recommended for refusal by town planners.
Last week town councillors debated amended plans at 34 Cranford Avenue – they have drawn more than 50 letters of objection from residents.
The plans include the demolition of the existing home, parking and the provision of bin and cycle stores.
David and Carol Hitt wrote into the district council about their concerns: “The building itself will stand head and shoulders above other properties in the vicinity and have a dominating impact over adjacent properties and the skyline.”
Resident Donald Hadley said “…14 separate living units will have an adverse effect on noise levels; local traffic; light pollution; infrastructure.”
Christopher Barrett called the development ‘totally inappropriate’ and in his view would ‘erode the quality and character of the area’.
“It would set a precedent and intrude into an area of houses, chalet bungalows and bungalows which offer an important alternative to flats for those moving to the area,” he said.
John Webster had concerns about parking in what he says is already a potentially dangerous location.
“This problem would be exacerbated by an increased traffic flow to and from the proposed development.”
Rick Morley said: “The proposed development by reason of the location, scale and height of the main block, and the form of mature boundary planting along the northern site boundary would result in an overbearing and oppressive impact upon surrounding residents.”
A dozen residents also voiced their concerns at last week’s planning meeting and Clive Hadley said the development would lead to a loss of privacy.
Graham Staplehurst added: “(Plans) for the annex will overlook and overpower adjoining properties.
“Refusal is critical to prevent a tower block becoming part of the landscape.”
Councillor Alison Greenhalgh said: “I don’t think this is a suitable site – the buildings are far too large, overlooking and don’t comply with the Avenues Design Statement. “The annexe is so close to 34A it would have a huge impact.”
The plans will be determined by district planners.