An application to demolish the former St Denys Road car showroom and build 35 apartments goes before the council’s planning panel on November 22.
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It is being recommended for refusal by council officers.
“Overall, the proposal would appear as an over-intensive form of development that would fail to add to the overall quality of the area or function well for its potential residents and would unacceptably affect the amenity of neighbouring residents,” they say in their report to councillors who sit on the Planning and Rights of Way panel.
Panel members aren’t bound to accept officer recommendations.
The application is a resubmission of a previous proposal (as reported here), which was refused in November 2021 for various reasons including “overdevelopment”, “housing mix”, and “the absence of a completed Section 106 Legal Agreement”.
The current proposal, for one three-storey and one five-storey building, has received 27 comments on the council’s planning portal, with 10 public objections and 17 comments in favour.
The planning panel starts at 4pm on November 22 at the Civic Centre. The session will be also be streamed.