Residents object to Carlisle housing plan
Last updated at 13:52, Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Nearly 90 people have objected to a plan to replace a Victorian building on a busy residential street in Carlisle with flats and houses.
Residents in Thornton Road in Stanwix say that parking there is already a problem and the proposed redevelopment will only make matters worse if the plan gets approval.
The proposal involves demolishing the Victorian building, currently divided into two homes, and building five flats and five town houses.
A derelict builder’s yard behind the house would be used to provide 14 car parking spaces.
A report on the proposal for Carlisle City Council says that the scale and design of the new building would reflect the character of the area’s existing terraced homes.
But the proposal has so far prompted formal objections from 89 people, many of them worried about parking.
The objectors include Helen Clapperton, who has lived in Thornton Road for the last 37 years.
“There are a lot of people who are extremely annoyed by this,” she said.
“It doesn’t affect me quite as much as people who live at the top of Thornton Road, but for me the main issue is parking. It’s going to be manic.”
Some residents fear that the proposed 14 parking spaces will be far from enough.
Fellow resident Ian Ballantyne, 66, who has also lived in the street for more than 30 years, agreed. He said: “The existing house is an eyesore and it needs to come down.
“But the solution they say they come up with for the extra cars we’ll get is ludicrous. They’re talking about making the street one-way, but how is that going to alleviate the problem? Basically, they’re proposing to build too many units for the street.”
Residents also claim that the new three-storey building would be “out of character” on a street of terraced houses, and that it would be better to build two-storey terraced houses with back gardens. Residents have also expressed concern about the increased number of windows overlooking their homes.
In their assessment of the application, which will be decided on Friday, planners recommend its approval, saying it would not adversely affect the Stanwix Conservation Area or the living conditions of neighbours through a loss of light or privacy.
First published at 13:32, Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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We have a distinct lack of housing in this country yet these people whinge about a few houses being built and the increase in traffic.... Behave.
well im a stanwix resident also, i cant see what all the fuss is about,there going to use the yard to park there cars,really some people are never satisfied.
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