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Worries over flats planned for Watermead

Planning - Housing

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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There are 2 comments on this page.

Marcia Lang
Marcia Lang, on 20th March 2017 6:26pm
Dear Sirs
Statement from Watermead Lakeside Residents Ass
With reference to your news item on the proposed building of flats in the Lakeside car park
We applaud the contribution of Mr. Cooling , but feel your listeners need to hear the facts regarding this development .
This car park is a private area, with public access. The maintenance and upkeep of this area is paid for by 23 flats, and 8 businesses, through their service charge
We receive no additional support from the rest of Watermead , but the central area and its adjacent car park, attract constant visitors
The maintenance of these areas is a massive financial burden to the businesses and residents. We really need the support of the whole of the Watermead community,
Our management company has recently sent the leaseholders over one million pounds worth of bills for work that is needed.
They have offered us some funds in return for variation of our leases
This company has no respect for the people of Aylesbury they are in Wales and just want to make a huge amount of money from this development
ANITA KEARLEY, on 22nd March 2017 3:45pm
Are the Lakeside residents able to obtain a breakdown of the bills and obtain their own quotes?
I attended the recent meetind and also not in favour of the development. I understand from the meeting that the residents have, on many occassions, contacted the maintenance company regarding various works to the car park, of which they have not thoroughly undertaken. Surely there is a clause in the agreement between the residents/businesses and the maintenance firm that all works should be carried out to a standard approved by the residents.

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