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Parking concerns over plan

RESIDENTS in Elmdon Heath fear that plans to build over 100 apartments in Wharf Lane would lead to “horrendous” parking problems.

RESIDENTS in Elmdon Heath fear that plans to build over 100 apartments in Wharf Lane would lead to “horrendous” parking problems.

Last week we reported that the planning committee had deferred its decision on the development, but locals are worried this is simply a stay of execution.

There have been plans to put housing on the old British Gas site for almost 10 years - the first application was submitted in 2001.

Under the most recent proposals, the developer, Bryants, wants to erect 117 apartments.

Colin Downes, who spoke at last week’s meeting, said: “The current application is strongly opposed by residents because it will vastly increase the already bad car parking facilities on the site which are leading to many disputes between neighbours and problems for emergency services, delivery vehicles and visitors.”

Councillor Leela Widger (Lib Dem, Sihill) and Coun Sheila Pittaway (Con, Sihill) have also spoken against the proposals.

Planning chiefs have argued that the parking provision is in line with local and national policy and recommended the scheme be approved.

The report also said that the four-storey buildings would not impact on amenities.

Plans will go back to the planning committee, following more detailed discussions between the council and Bryants.

 

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