It’s the Council applying to itself for planning permission for a bunch of teeny-tiny houses in the ex-railway space behind the Royal Hill Lovelies (Drings, Cheesboard, Creaky Shed etc.) This is not being widely publicised – Diana who told me about this can see the site from her window and wasn’t given any notice.
For years, the site’s been used as a car park for the police station. but the council have booted out the police out the fuzzies and have applied (to themselves) for permission to build 2×4-bed semi detached, 1×3 bed house, 1×1-bed flat and ‘associated car and cycle parking’.
The fear is that they will grant the permission to themselves, then sell it on to someone else who will re-apply, possibly with some kind of ‘minor alterations’ such as we had with Lovells Wharf.
If my link above doesn’t open, the application number is 13/2723/F.
Of course a vailuable parcel of land like that isn’t going to lie fallow for long, but the sheer number of pixie-sized houses seems a bit worrying. I guess a continuation of the Prior Street allotments is out of the question, houses are almost certainly what will go up – but they should at least be discussed openly.
Diana tells me speed is important- the consultation period is, as ever, short.