Coral have asked us today to post the following message here on onlinefocus. We’re happy to do this, because we think it can be useful when developers have a dialogue with residents.
However we won’t let this bias us either for or against….
Dear readers and local residents,
As it is now a few months since we met with local residents in August and since we submitted our revised planning application for the mixed use building on Priory Chase we thought it would be appropriate to update residents on our proposals.
Since submitting our first application in June 2008 and withdrawing it after meeting with residents we have gone back to the drawing board and tried very hard to accommodate as many of the comments as possible. These are the changes we have made:
* We have dropped the residential element of the scheme which addresses any concerns with bringing more homes to the local area and with the overall height and scale of the building;
* The revised scheme proposes 6 commercial in comparison to the 7 approved on the site, further reducing the scale and potential impact of the development;
* 23 car parking spaces are proposed with the development, 10 more than previously approved, reducing any potential local parking problems;
* A condition has been agreed with Officers concerning the uses that will occupy the unit, preventing any particular use from dominating the parade and allowing for community uses to occupy any of the 6 units;
* We have confirmed that no drinking establishments will occupy the units, reducing the likelihood of anti-social behaviour within the local area;
It should be remembered this site has an existing planning permission for a similar mixed use building which is unfettered and has no conditions restricting the type of uses which could occupy the units and could be built tomorrow. Despite the context of the history and the strong case that we would have for gaining permission for a larger unrestricted scheme, through our accommodation of local resident?s views, we have given the local community the opportunity to influence a development on their doorstep. The scheme being considered at present incorporates and has been heavily influenced by those views we have heard.
The question is would residents wish to see our development fail when the other options for the site are less appealing. Should our scheme be unsuccessful the option on the land will revert back to the current landowner who would have the choice of using the existing unrestricted consent to build the larger scheme or to use this base consent to seek approval for a more intensive development which could give rise to further concerns for local people.
We accept that residents are not 100% supportive of our application, however now is the time to consider what the realistic options are and whether we have tried to address local concerns to the extent that the scheme will be less intrusive than first feared. You may be aware that the application is going before the Development Control Committee this Thursday with a recommendation of approval and we would hope that local residents will support the view of their professional Officers.
Project Coral (Rayleigh) Ltd