There are two planning applications currently being considered for new flats in the High Street both relate to the first & second floors:
- 4/5 Market Parade the site of the present Post Office application No.17/00932/FUL – four 2-bed flats.
- 27 High Street the site of the now closed RAM Security application No.17/01025/FUL – six 1-bed flats.
In both applications, as with the recently approved “Star” site there is no sufficient designated parking.
The Borough’s “Parking Standards for Residential Development Supplementary Planning Document” and effective from December 2015 requires developers to comply with the standards. The Council has the power to waive this in exceptional circumstances.
In the case of The Star the absence of designated parking was discussed at the July EVRA committee with the decision that in the exceptional circumstances of the prospect of getting the building back into use, the additional flats (without parking) on the site made the development more viable. That was agreed and thus transmitted into the planning approval.
Precedence comes over as being important in planning decisions and therefore our councillors would like to hear reaidents views on which direction to take in relation to these two and any further planning proposals, when parking spaces are an issue.