BSCF reaction to planning application for 71-77 South Street
BSCF comments on proposed demolition of buildings in the Conservation Area and construction of sheltered apartments.
Ms Hazel Izod
East Herts Council
|30 January 2013|
Dear Ms. Izod,
Re: Planning ref: 3/12/2154/FP. 71-77 South Street, Bishop's Stortford. CM23 3AL.
The Civic Federation welcomes this opportunity to tidy up and reinvigorate a very dilapidated area of Bishop's Stortford.
However, any redevelopment of this site must be aesthetically pleasing, user friendly and practical and we would make the following comments:
1. The Federation feels that the developers have planned a storey too high. Four storeys will create a 'canyoning effect' both by the river, opposite the fitness club, and in South Street. Some elevations seem to follow the height and lines of the Causeway developments which, it is generally agreed, are much too high and overbearing. Neither the River Stort nor the South Street elevations should be higher than those approved under planning application No. 3/09/2001/FP on 23rd March 2010.
2. The provision of 18 parking spaces is woefully inadequate for 52 apartments in a retirement homes development and ignores that:
a. there are retail units on the ground floor with employees who would, very likely, want to park at their work place (and probably would park there unless the entrance was gated).
b. even assuming that the spaces would be for residents only, they will have visitors from time to time especially at weekends and evenings (relatives, friends), as well as at any time during the day and evening (medical services, etc).
c. although the residents would be elderly, it does not mean they would not own a car. Amenities might be conveniently close but, if they are fit and active, they will almost certainly want to go further afield from time to time.
We trust you will give serious consideration to these comments when determining this application.
(pp The Bishop’s Stortford Civic Federation)