Dursley firm Starkey Hire looks to move to allow 14-house development in Woodmancote
A VAN and truck hire company in Dursley is looking to build 14 homes on the land and move the business to Cam.
Starkey Hire, which operates from Woodmancote, has requested the views of Dursley Town Council before it submits a planning application.
Letters have also been sent to the 21 homeowners nearest to the site.
Chartered town planner Keith Rolfe, on behalf of owner David Starkey, wrote to DTC saying the idea was to redevelop the site and move the firm to Millfields in Cam.
"It is appreciated that the density is still reasonably high, but I feel the proposal is a considerable improvement on the 2008 scheme," he said.
"The design more reflects the scale, design and layout of nearby properties and the proposal should not cause harm to the character of the adjoining conservation area."
Mr Rolfe stressed the project was at an early stage.
Reponses from residents in the area have shown concerns about the density of properties as well as potential issues with traffic, while some have no objection in principle to the development.
Guy Attfield, 65, who has lived opposite the site for 38 years, welcomes the plans, believing it would add to the neighbourhood.
"Starkey is a good neighbour but it is not the most beautiful of places. Really this is a residential neighbourhood and we have an industrial unit right in the middle of it," said the former IT consultant.
"My immediate reaction is 14 houses is a hell of a squeeze but on the other hand I am not a development expert."
However another nearby resident, who asked to remain anonymous, did believe it was too many houses for the area.
"The plans aren’t detailed enough. There’s no obvious indications in the plans of how they are going to cope with it," she said.
"There’s just not enough room for people to turn around, how’s a lorry going to turn around there? It comes down to practical use of the land."
A similar application in January 2008 was refused by Stroud District Council, which cited concerns with highway access to the site and the development would be out of keeping with the local area.
The authority also believed the development did not warrant the loss of the employment site.
At their full council meeting on Tuesday, August 6 DTC voted to invite the applicants to the next planning meeting on Tuesday, August 20 to discuss their plans more as it thought there was too little information to make a judgement.
David Starkey declined to comment.
Comments are closed on this article.