Thursday, 17 August 2017

Developer ignoring us, say residents

RESIDENTS claim a developer is not listening to their concerns over plans to redevelop the Albert Road Day

RESIDENTS claim a developer is not listening to their concerns over plans to redevelop the Albert Road Day Centre and Arthur Clark Home in Caversham.

They have formed campaign group Sympathetic Planning to Enhance Albert Road (Spear) to oppose A2Dominion’s design.

The old day centre and home was closed by Reading Borough Council and the building is due to be demolished and replaced with sheltered accommodation for up to 58 residents.

A2Dominion’s original plans for a block of 44 units were greeted with dismay by residents in April last year and the company agreed to a rethink.

Now residents claim their previous objections haven’t been taken into account.



Jenny Watson, a member of Spear, said: “Despite a face-to-face meeting and numerous written requests, only minimal changes have been made to the proposals and we feel A2Dominion has just paid lip service to our requests.”

Fellow campaigner Anthony Waller said: “The key concerns are the sheer size of the proposed building which is two storeys higher than any other building in the neighbourhood and the associated detrimental impact on the local area. There will also be traffic issues on such a tight bend with so little parking provision.”

Steve Coggins, A2Dominion’s regional development director (South), said: “We have engaged with the local community.

“We held a public consultation last year and spoke with a number of local residents individually to receive their feedback. We are also meeting community groups over the next two weeks to listen to their views and explain how the care scheme will operate within the community.

“To date, we have made a number of changes to our plans, including reducing the height of the building to predominantly three storeys and changing the design of some apartments to protect the privacy of neighbouring properties. We will also provide an increased number of parking spaces.”



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