Kenilworth housing debate set for decision

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Planners are set to reject an application for nine new flats in Station Road after deeming the build inappropriate with the character of the area.

The application seeks to demolish numbers 82 to 90 along the street as well as existing showrooms and storage blocks.

In their place, developers Virgate Properties Ltd would build two blocks of flats fronting Priory Road and Station Road- one with six apartments and the other containing three.

But as the site falls within the town’s conservation area, planners have recommended the application be turned down by councillors at Tuesday’s district council meeting.

The officers’ report states: “It is considered that this would be an appropriate site for new residential development.

“The proposed building on Station Road, within the conservation area, provides an acceptable design solution.

“However it is the scale and massing of the proposed building fronting Priory Road which is considered to fail to harmonise with the prevailing character of development within the street scene to the extent that it is recommended permission is refused.”

No formal objections have been raised by Kenilworth Town Council, and the application is being presented to planners at the request of Cllr George Illingworth.

There have been nine objections to the scheme, raising sues over the size and scale of the buildings.

The planning committee will meet at 6pm on March 3 when a decision will be made.