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Backing for plan for new housing
10:00am Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
LEDBURY Town Council is backing a plan for seven new houses in New Street.
Following a recent site meeting, nine councillors voted in favour of the proposal and four abstained.
The final decision lies with Herefordshire Council and the town council’s recommendation comes with the caveat that drainage issues should be consider further.
Amended plans for the development were submitted by developer Roger Allsop for the Ellenscroft site in New Street, following town council concerns over vehicular access and egress on a site which is the location of one chalet bungalow.
Local residents have also expressed concerns the proposed new properties would be too many and too close to existing properties.
County councillor Peter Watts had reservations about the amended plans because he felt the eaves of the new properties had not been lowered enough and some of the houses would still be too close to existing properties.
Mr Allsop saw no problems there, and told a recent meeting of Ledbury Town Council: “At no time has my architect agreed that this development will interfere with the neighbours.”
In terms of access and egress, he told town councillors: “The highways department has no objection whatsoever to that site.
“We have met every planning criteria. I can sympathise with the neighbours, but we have looked at this sympathetically.
“If you are not going to build on a site like that, then please tell me, where are you going to build? Housing is very badly needed.”
Councillor Martin Eager asked if the new properties would be affordable.
Mr Allsop said: “They are aimed at a specific market.
They certainly are not Southfork or anything like it. They would be suitable for first time buyers.”
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