Tressell ward report (November 2017)
To comment on any of the items below or obtain further information, please contact Cllrs Tania Charman and Peter Chowney.
Frederick Road development
The pre-application planning forum for the Frederick Road (road to nowhere) site was held on 30th October. Developers Gemselect put their proposals to about a dozen local people who turned up, after local groups were invited and leaflets dropped around local roads. These pre-application forums are something the council encourages developers to do for sites of 30 or more properties, but we can’t make them do it. Proposals are often a bit sketchy, as the idea is to put ideas to local people and get feedback before plans are drawn up.
In this case, Gemselect are proposing a development of the site in two phases, for a total of 80 homes (double to guideline figure for the site), with two blocks of flats at the top of the site on Frederick Road, and three-storey town houses further down. There were a number of things about the proposal that attendees at the forum were unhappy about, including the blocks of flats, the unimaginative layout and design of the buildings, the failure to include a cycle track along a level route (a requirement in the council’s planning policy), and concerns about the safety of the junction with Frederick Road.
The developers did say they would take all this on board when submitting the planning application. We will be watching for this and examining it carefully when it comes in, but certainly both myself and Tania would be opposing the development in its current form. The site is long overdue for development for much-needed housing, but it needs to be well thought-out and something that will enhance the local area. At the moment, it isn’t.
Recently, we’ve delivered newsletters to Oakfield, Sandown, and School Roads, and talked to residents along there. You can see all our newsletters here.