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Second flats bid is ‘not acceptable’

DEMOLITION work has begun at Readon Close in Petersfield readiness for ten flats to be built.
Readon House is in the same road as Petersfield ambulance station off Love Lane and is being knocked down to make way for affordable flats. PPP-140228-102600007

DEMOLITION work has begun at Readon Close in Petersfield readiness for ten flats to be built. Readon House is in the same road as Petersfield ambulance station off Love Lane and is being knocked down to make way for affordable flats. PPP-140228-102600007

Planners have said no to “peculiar” looking flats in Station Road for a second time despite the development being knocked down in size from eight to five.

Builders resubmitted a reduced application for five flats between number 12 and 15 along the conservation area.

They initially sought to build eight two-bedroomed homes in the narrow gap.

But after disapproval from planners earlier this year, withdrew and have resubmitted the now smaller bid.

The proposal seeks to remove the existing car showroom - which despite being part of the same site is not part of the conservation area.

Several of the flats would be raised above an archway and supported from the street.

Kenilworth Town Council has objected over the “peculiar design” of the proposed flats which they described as out of keeping with the Victorian street scene.

Members also noted concern about the lack of parking provision onto Station Road with the number of new flats.

Cllr George Illingworth (Con, Abbey), planning chairman, said :”The design and effect on the street scene was most peculiar and we are still unclear about the removal of the car showroom.This is the second attempt but we still feel the design is not in keeping with this area and would not be suitable for this space.”

Neighbours have not welcomed the plans and three objections have been submitted from nearby residents.

The proposal will be considered by Warwick District Council on March 18 when a decision will be made.

 

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