Residents were surprised and disappointed to find that the Council’s planning board (see link below) had granted Redwall’s application on 16th March, despite a large number of objections.
Redwall had previously beaten Council planners in an appeal and had gained outlined planning permission for a major development. In November 2009, they gained permission for 44 houses. The current plans are for a block of 63 additional flats and a 70-bed nursing home. Both buildings will look identical.
57 residents had objected to the design of the flats, complaining of the effect on the area and the loss of natural space. Another 28 people signed a petition calling for more family homes. However, councillors decided that “there would be little impact on the amenities of existing residents.”
Redwall indicated that the flats would be for workers at the Northern General and that the nursing home would have the equivalent of 40 full-time staff. However, car parking has been limited to only 44 spaces. Residents will know that bus services are limited, although the planning application relied on the B1 and B2 routes, which were cut in 2008. 4 new bus stops are planned on Grimesthorpe Rd, despite the fact that no buses currently run on it.