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On left, the south-east elevation of the new design.
The 2013 campaign was wholly successful in destroying the old plan and achieving a totally new, smaller design with a 'better look'. Most people thought that whilst the 2014 design was an improvement, it didn't go far enough and still had serious flaws. However, we failed to get any further improvements or concessions. Many were shocked that some evidence was simply ignored. We learned more about the planning process which will assist with any future campaigns.
The circumstances and facts of the planning approval are being considered for possible further action. Matters that we remained troubled by include:
Impact on neighbourhood:
- Still excessive bulk and overdevelopment of the site
- Design 'does not work' in the predominantly Victorian surroundings
- Overshadowing and loss of direct sun to neighbouring properties
- Effect of a 'car free' development on residents outside the CPZ
- Commercial space unwanted by all except council policy
Impact on the development's residents:
- Closeness to railway track meaning noise
- Minimal open-air community space of low quality (small, overshadowed and close to railway)
- Unattractive balconies due to rail, traffic noise and minimal sun
- Poor place to bring-up children
- Absence of adequate local resources such as school places
The full technical objections from NAG are on the link on left.