St Leonards homes plans decision deferred


The future of proposals to build 14 new homes in St Leonards will be decided at a later date amid residents’ concerns over traffic and parking issues.

Developers put forward the scheme to borough councillors at their planning meeting yesterday evening (Tuesday, October 20).

The plans have attracted a lot of objection from residents.

More than 170 signed a petition in protest and the council received more than 40 letters of objection.

In his report, Sam Batchelor, planning officer for the council, said: “The application site relates to 35 Tower Road, St Leonards. This is a wedge-shaped site bounded by Tower Road, St Peters Road and Cornfield Terrace.

“There are a mixture of buildings on site and a mixture of uses. These uses include an existing shop unit, some flatted accommodation, a small car sales yard, a car repair centre and an upholsterers.”

William Third, speaking on behalf of objectors, said: “Our main concerns are loss of amenity and increased traffic. There are more serious issues of road safety that have not been addressed. The overshadowing and loss of light for adjacent properties is unacceptable.”

Jake Chadwick, representing the developers, said: “This represents an exciting series of bespoke elements. I believe this building will be a positive and integrated part of the area.”

Councillor Rob Lee said: “It’s a very busy area for traffic and that is a regular pinch point.”

Ward councillor, Andrew Cartwright, said the scheme would cause the loss of five jobs.

Councillor Phil Scott said: “Parking is at a premium in this particular area.

“The building’s design is also of concern to residents. Character is important and I think some of it would be lost.”

Councillor Michael Wincott said: “I worked in Bohemia Road for four years and every single road in the area is jam-packed. It’s an absolute nightmare.”

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