Permission sought to knock down Dursley Garage for housing
PLANS have been put forward to demolish Dursley Garage and build ten town houses as well as two offices.
The planning application, done on behalf of owner Howard Steele by Mark Snook Planning, is asking permission to demolish the showroom and adjacent offices on Kingshill Road to make way for eight three-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom houses, two offices and will include eight parking spaces.
Gloucestershire County Council’s development coordinator Chris Rose has proposed that the application be refused, stating that the development needs 18 car parking spaces otherwise cars will park in the existing adjacent layby.
“The proposed access onto the A4135 is at a point where the necessary visibility splays are obstructed by designated parking bays resulting in the likelihood that cars will emerge onto the A4135 between parked vehicles which is detrimental to highway safety," he said.
“The width and alignment of Kingshill Road does not encourage low speeds and there is no evidence to indicate that speeds on this road are low.”
Dursley Town Council, at its planning meeting on Tuesday (October 15), also objected to the plan in its current form, citing the lack of parking and high density of houses as its main concerns.
Planning chairman Cllr Mel Laybourne said: “My feeling is that, probably, the development will be better then what is there now. But there is absolutely insufficient parking.
“One parking space per three-bedroom building? That’s not adequate. The layby cannot be treated as support for parking.”
Cllr Tim Frankau said it would be a “nightmare” if the plans were accepted in their current form.
But Weavers Close resident Timothy Brimsom has voiced his support for the application.
“It seems a sensible use of land and will provide two new starter homes in Dursley, giving two families the chance of a home,” he said.
“They are a good distance from neighbours properties and as shown from the drawings provided will not impact on sunshine and light.”
However Wendy Thomas, from Broadwell in Dursley, objects to the development because of the lack of parking.
“The development is too dense for that site and will create traffic difficulties on an increasingly busy road,” she said.
“In principle, housing on this site would be fine, but not at such density and not if it creates parking difficulties. Let's learn from the mistakes Wotton-under-Edge made when it built dense housing on the main road into town.”
As part of the application Abigail Snook, of Mark Snook Planning said: “In summary we submit that the proposed development would comply with the relevant policies at both local and national level and support the Government's aim to encourage new development and stimulate growth in the economy.”
When asked by the Gazette, Mark Snook Planning declined to make any further comment and owner Howard Steele was unavailable as he is away on holiday.
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