Row over parking at home

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Saturday, September 19th, 2020 3:38pm

By Christian Barnett - Local Democracy Reporter

Concerns about parking continue to be raised about plans to squeeze a three-storey home in a car park.

Neighbours fear allowing the plan, which has changed from four apartments to a single three-bedroom home, in Moor Street to go ahead would cause issues with parking and traffic in a narrow street already plagued by problems.

The site in Moor Street near the city’s Swan Theatre is used for parking for several cars by a home in The Moors.

Highways officers at Worcestershire County Council have since said the plan should be refused as it does not provide enough parking.

Officers also said cars would most likely need to reverse out of spaces creating a hazard on the one-way street.

Whilst a three-bedroom home would require two car parking spaces under council rules, which it does provide, the developer has not shown how the loss of five car parking spaces through building on the land would be accounted for or replaced elsewhere.

In a letter to the council commenting on the original apartments plan, Cllr Lynn Denham, who represents Cathedral ward, said the plan seemed to be “squashing accommodation into a very tight site” and asked for the plan to be decided by the council’s planning committee instead of planning officers if the council was looking to approve it.

Several objections were also raised by neighbours during public consultation on the plans many of whom complained the car parking numbers did not add up.

One neighbour in Queensgate Mews said the plan looked “ugly” and did not fit in with its surroundings.

“I believe [this plan] to be an example of trying to get a quart into a pint pot,” the objection said.

“The proposal is not physically in line with the agreed development to its east.

“It is an ugly block jutting out. I understood that there is a bylaw or ruling that new developments should have two parking places per dwelling, as ours do in Queensgate Mews, nearly opposite.

“Practically this has barely got one per dwelling.

“The road entrance is dangerously close to a right-angled turn in Moor Street.”

Another neighbour said allowing the plan to go ahead would set a worrying precedent for other homes to be built in gardens in the area.

Fortis Living has permission to build two two-bed homes on the site next to the land now earmarked for the new home.

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