We have suffered another tranche of planning applications recently, the majority of which the WURA committee consider to be over-development for the size of the plot and a level of intensification which will impact road safety, the environment and the amenity of the immediate surroundings. WURA will continue to submit objection letters for these types of proposals.
We still await responses to letters written to Heather Cheesbrough (July 2020) and to Nicola Townsend (Sept 2020) the new Head of Development. Hopefully they are having some effect on planning decisions as refusals are beginning to emerge even if they have not made a formal acknowledgement to either of them. The recent application for 37 Welcomes Road and an earlier one for 52 Welcomes Road were refused and the reasons stated included over-massing, scale and highway safety.
The current situation is as follows:
Already approved (54 dwellings):
- No. 10 WR – 8 houses
- No. 32 WR – 9 flats
- No. 36 WR – initially 7, now 8 flats
- No. 42 WR – 7 flats plus 2 houses
- No. 56 WR – 9 flats
- No. 57 WR – 7 flats
- No. 35 UR – 6 houses
- No. 2 KC – 4 units (under PIP)
- No. 8 KC – 4 houses
Applications pending (49 dwellings):
- No. 60 WR – 7 flats plus 2 houses
- No. 52 WR – 9 flats (new proposal following previous refusal)
- No. 67 WR – 8 flats
- No. 88 WR – 9 flats (outline)
- No. 90 WR – 3 houses
- No. 1 KC – 15 flats + 4 houses
This represents a 10-fold increase in dwellings, the vast majority with inadequate parking capacity.
More information about each of these can be viewed on the Planning Application Archive page.