Supporting the McCarthy & Stone Addington Road scheme
26/02/2016 14:56:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
It is pretty rare that the local councillors suport a local planning application rather than opposing it. However, we find ourselves in the positiion of doing just that in the case of the application for purpose-built retirement homes on Addington Road.
Last year McCarthy & Stone applied to demolish four houses with a Sanderstead Court address (but facing Addington Road) and replacing them with a purpose-built low-rise block containing retirement flats - this being a type of accommodation there is a major demand for in this area.
The developer consulted extensively and took account of local feedback in preparing its final application, which was almost universally accepted locally. Imagine our surprise when the Labour chair of the planning committee insisted on refusing it, on the grounds that it didn't provide social housing and expressing some concerns about its size and relationship to nearby properties (althought the owners of these were not objecting).. To say that social housing is an unusual requirement for this sort of development would be an understatement!
The developer went away and worked on the size/proximity concerns and has come back with a new application, which the council again refused - in spite of the fact that local residents, councillors and the residents' association were all in favour. This behaviour is frankly rather bizarre.
McCarthy & Stone have duly gone to appeal, in the hope that the Bristol inspectorate will give it the approval that local people so clearly want. Lynne has wrtten on behalfd of the three ward councillors to let the Inspector know that we support this development. Below is the text of our letter:
We write as Sanderstead Ward councillors with respect to the above planning application. We wish to advise you that we fully support the application and we hope that you will allow the Appeal.
We have been advised by the local residents’ association, Sanderstead Residents Association (SRA), that they too are very supportive of the proposal for 32 retirement living flats because there is a great need for accommodation of this nature in Sanderstead. Indeed the SRA have told us that they have members ready and waiting to put their deposits down. Sanderstead is a very popular area for families and the freeing up of some larger homes in our local area for new families to move into would be welcomed.
The location of the application site is ideal for older residents being close to an excellent range of shops, including a pharmacy and Post office, as well as a first class supermarket. It has very good public transport links as well as some highly popular community facilities close by.
Members of the community took time to shape the plans which were in keeping with the surrounding character of the area and respected adjoining occupiers and particularly liked the design which blended with the detached houses that lined Addington Road
Finally, although there were a few concerns which were raised when the consultation was first launched, McCarthy & Stone made amendments to their scheme during this period. These were deemed acceptable and as a result no formal objections were lodged with respect to the application.
I hope that you will, in the circumstances, allow the Appeal and we would be grateful if you could keep us informed of the outcome in due course.