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Collier Row residents 'disgusted' at proposal to build new homes at the back of their flats being granted

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 March 2017

Residents angry at the proposed development of flats and houses in the green space where they are stood.
Left to right: Natalie Winter and her son George Williams, seven Irene Hennessey, Elena Turner-Thorne, Jane Auguste and Pat Trotter. Picture: Melissa Page

Residents angry at the proposed development of flats and houses in the green space where they are stood. Left to right: Natalie Winter and her son George Williams, seven Irene Hennessey, Elena Turner-Thorne, Jane Auguste and Pat Trotter. Picture: Melissa Page

Melissa Page

Residents are outraged at the decision to build new houses and apartments on their only communal green space where their children play.

The regulatory services committee met at the town hall last week to discuss a proposal to build 16 residential units - 10 houses and six apartments - on the open space at the centre of Kent House, Durham House and Cumberland House, White Hart Lane, Collier Row.

The majority of councillors voted in favour of the development with six voting for and five against.

Speaking to the Recorder after the meeting, resident Jane Auguste said: “It is disgusting.

“We are shocked they have allowed this to go through when it is going to have a huge impact on everyone who lives there.

“That is the only green space that we have and now it’s going to be taken away and the children won’t have anywhere to play.

“There is no way that this should have said yes to this.”

The new six one and two-bed flats and 10 two and three-bed houses will be built at the rear of the three-storey block of flats where more than 100 people live.

Despite receiving 26 letters objecting the proposal and a petition signed by 199 people with complaints of the new builds being too close to the existing flats, loss of outdoor space and an increased risk of flooding, planning permission was granted.

At the same the meeting, the plan to provide a single storey rear extension to Crownfield Junior School, which sits nearby the flats, was also approved.

Jane said: “Having building work going on at the same time on both the new homes and the school is going to be a nightmare.

“We won’t be able to escape from it.”

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