Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Residents still unhappy over new homes design

CAMPAIGNERS against the design of a new sheltered housing block in Caversham claim developers have made

CAMPAIGNERS against the design of a new sheltered housing block in Caversham claim developers have made only minor revisions to the plans.

Members of Sympathetic Planning to Enhance Albert Road says A2 Dominion has failed to make any real changes to the proposed redevelopment of the former Arthur Clark care home.

The group has consistently raised concerns about the height of the proposed building, requesting three instead of four storeys and fewer and smaller apartments.

Member Jenny Watson said: “We continue to support extra care housing on the site but the proposed building will bear down on us.

“We were told in mid-March that A2 Dominion had returned to the drawing board to make changes to the plans.



“We&rsquove waited two months for these changes only to discover that the developer hasn&rsquot addressed any of our concerns. We are extremely disappointed that after over 100 written objections from residents and two months of further discussions, the revisions are extremely minor.

“All they&rsquove done is lower part of the roof by the length of a school ruler, reduce the ‘tower&rsquo by 1.2m, relocate some solar panels and move a bin store door by three metres.

“The fourth floor remains, no additional parking has been provided, the vehicular access remains dangerous and the design remains out of keeping with the local area.”

Steve Coggins, A2 Dominion&rsquos regional development director (South), said the company was committed to delivering high quality “extra-care housing” for older people and had engaged “extensively” with the community.

He said the changes included a significant reduction in the the height of the building to predominantly three storeys and the provision of more parking spaces.



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