Flats plan ‘will be horrendous for residents’


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Proposals to demolish Moreton Care Home and build 61 retirement flats do not have the support of the town hall.

Methodist Homes Association closed the Drakes Avenue care home at the start of the year because it was ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

Now plans have been filed to build flats with a restaurant, parking and landscaping.

So far there have been 11 objections and at a meeting of the town council’s planning committee this week, neighbour Phil Naisfield said: “The proposed plan will be 13 metres from our back fence and an invasion of our privacy.

“There won’t be any spot in our house where we will be able to sit without being viewed from balconies or rear terraces.”

Councillor Brian Bailey said the building would be a ‘gross overdevelopment’ and added: “It’s going to be horrendous - it should lose a storey and 40 per cent of its south west wing.

“The noise and location of the restaurant area are going to be intrusive.

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“It’s a quiet road, that’s why people chose to live there, and it will ruin their quality of life entirely.”

Cllr Fred Caygill added: “It’s got 61 units and 40 car parking spaces - we could end up seeing cars parked in the road causing problems.”

The district council will decide the fate of the application.