Worries over flats planned for Watermead
5:48am 20th March 2017
(Updated 12:28pm 20th March 2017)
Locals in Watermead are concerned about a block of flats proposed to be built on a car park on Lakeside.
A planning application has been put in to the council to build 21 flats with associated parking on the land next to the Watermead Inn.
The proposed site for the flats is the southern section of the car park. Credit: Google Maps
Roger Cooling lives opposite the proposed site, and said a parish council meeting at the village hall last week was attended by around 100 people opposed to the development. He said:
"The character of the whole area would change because you won't have the open aspect as you drive down the spine road."
"It would reduce the car park substantially, and even the remaining spaces would be taken by the new residents moving into the apartment block."
"There's a lot of upset people, especially the residents who live in the lakeside development."
"It's caused enormous stress to the local businesses."
"One local business said to my wife 'I've just given up on it, I don't want all this stress'"
At the moment the deadline for a decision from the council is the end of May.
We have approached the developer and are awaiting comment.
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