Application:
March 2017 – 17/00747
Title:
Land adjacent to 24 South Road. Construction of 7 x 1-bedroom apartments and improvement of road layout.
We have commented in March 2016 on application 16/00552 for 4 x 1-bed flats on this site. We were disappointed that this previous application was permitted. This current proposal is to add a third storey and three further 1 bedroom flats. This is a very restricted site and we believe that a proposal for seven flats is excessive overdevelopment. Of course, the location is very close to the town centre and in an area of "controlled parking". However, to permit such a car free scheme is unrealistic. Even if the residents of the seven flats can be persuaded to forgo their cars, where do their visitors park? In addition, the parking situation has already been aggravated because this site used to provide parking spaces for the adjacent No. 24. This site should be restricted to the scheme permitted under 16/00552.
Application:
March 2017 – 17/00745
Title:
Chauntry Court, Chauntry Road. Basement extension with external lightwells to front, side and rear, with glazed floor screening and gates to exit stairs.
This is an exceptional proposal for a property situated within the flood plain. Although a Flood Risk Assessment is in the pipeline, it is evident that this scheme is well beyond the provisions and scope of Planning Policy F1 which applies to development in areas subject to flood risk. The increase in habitable area is 302 square metres, but this does not represent an increase in footprint (which is normally the issue) as the new accommodation is in a basement below the existing ground floor. The existing house is currently raised 1.3 metres off the ground to reduce the risk of flooding on the ground floor and to permit the flow of water at times of flood. This protection will be forgone if the existing undercroft is incorporated in the new basement area. This proposed basement will require excavation to a depth between 1.5 to 2 metres. There will be a resultant significant displacement of ground water capacity. The basement area could be overwhelmed at time of flood. Furthermore, it is proposed to provide four double bedrooms within the basement, which would place up to eight persons at potential risk. These factors are contrary to the intended protection offered by Policy FI. Although the Flood Risk Assessment has not yet been prepared, we await with interest the response from the Environment Agency on this ambitious proposal. If permitted it would create a precedent for similar basement excavations of riverside homes.