A recent application for the development of four houses at 37A French Street has proved to be very controversial. LOSRA has submitted a representation as follows:
It is noted that there is no design and access statement (DAS) to accompany this application which may have shed light on the reasoning behind what must surely be regarded as a highly speculative proposal for the over-development of this site.
Policy EN1 – Design of New Development
The development proposal fails to satisfy the following elements of the policy: (a) the creation of buildings and places that are attractive with their own distinct identity or make a positive contribution to the street scene and the character of the area in which they are to be situated; (b) achieve a satisfactory relationship to adjoining properties; (c) be designed in an inclusive way to be accessible to all members of the community regardless of any disability; (d) incorporate landscaping to enhance the setting of the development; (g) incorporate adequate provision for the storage of waste and recyclable materials.
Policy CO3 – Provision of Open Space
The development proposal is situated in an area of the Borough with inadequate open space. The Council should therefore require the provision of new on-site open space.
There is currently a single parking space serving the site with no proposed increase (vide the application form). The Supplementary Planning Guidance on parking standards require that 6 (rounded up) spaces be provided. This is particularly important as the site is poorly situated for public transport options. Furthermore, having viewed this site it is evident that the length of French Street most affected comprises some 70% dropped kerbs making out of hours on-street parking extremely difficult as things stand even today.
We submit that this planning proposal is poorly conceived and, in most respects, demonstrates scant knowledge of the Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document. We urge you to refuse.