Story by Richard Belbin
Proposals for a nine storey apartment block has been approved for the site currently occupied by a car wash at the junction of Chatham Street and Mowbray Street.
Planning permission was granted on 14th November for 131 residences, made up of studio, and one and two bedroom flats. Even before planning permission had been received, these apartments were advertised on the property website Zoopla at over £135,000 for a two bedroom flat – promoting its great potential to would-be landlords. See the pictures at http://bit.ly/2BaAZtA
Despite current housing shortages, there are no requirements for any social housing among the dwellings, nor even ‘affordable’ housing (at 80% of market rates). These units will be largely car free – only twenty car parking spaces will be available in the building. While there is widespread support for moving away from car dependency, this has led to fears that car owners will simply park on the nearby streets instead, leading to further congestion.
Full plans and further details are available on the council website at http://bit.ly/2zWKi2w