Residents object to ‘overbearing’ retirement home
Published on: 10 Jul 2015
by Rebecca Day
Plans to build a residential home in Cheswick Village have sparked concerns among those living in the area.
Residents say that the “eyesore” development, earmarked for the vacant site at The Square in Cheswick, is too large for the plot of land, and will overlook family homes backing on to the build.
Also, little provision for cars will only increase parking issues in the area, they say.
Plans originally put forward by developers McCarthy & Stone, were for a four-storey residential home, comprising of 44 units, with communal facilities, 14 car parking spaces and landscaping. However, they have reduced the number of units to 32 and increased the number of parking spaces to 26 (including two visitor spaces) following public consultation.
The deadline has now passed for residents to have their say on the development, with 25 objections being submitted to South Gloucestershire Council, and one in support.
The application, which has been recommended for approval, is going to committee on July 30 for a decision to be made, a council spokesperson has said.
Local resident Sejal Hampson believes that residents’ concerns regarding parking have been dismissed by the developers and council. She said: “I think [the council] and McCarthy & Stone need to strongly consider underground parking as an idea.
“I firmly believe [they] need to increase the parking availability at the retirement flats at Cheswick, as the council and local MPs are already aware, we have severe parking issues already at Cheswick, which have been inadequately managed.
“Furthermore I am concerned about the height of this development as it is overbearing to the homes in Wallscourt, Horse Leaze Road and Hermitage Wood Road, and would invade people’s privacy.”
Paul Randall commented on the Cheswick Village Facebook page: “I’ve had a look through all the plans and I genuinely feel sorry for anyone who backs on to this monstrosity.
“This is going to ruin the whole square area – is there anything at all we can do to get this down a level?”
Christine Taylor, who also posted a comment, said: “I think the size and especially the height of it on that plot are too much – it makes the development of that small area, the centre of our ‘village’, far too dense, with the added problem of our ‘main’ road going through it. Parking is obviously also inadequate.”
Shane Paull, regional managing director at McCarthy & Stone, said: “Taking into consideration the existing planning consent for a retirement living scheme on this site and based on feedback from residents, it’s clear that many people have welcomed this form of specialist accommodation in the area, close to local amenities.
“I would like to thank all the residents and interested parties who attended our consultation and sent in their feedback. It is incredibly helpful to understand the community’s views and address concerns where we can.
“Before we start to design any proposal, our in-house team of architects spends time carefully researching the architecture and character of the local area to ensure that our scheme is a sensitive fit.
“As the proposals represent part of the wider development of ‘The Square’, we have gone to great lengths to make sure the proposed design offers a positive relationship with the contemporary architectural style of Cheswick Village.”