UPDATE: Further to the original post below, we have now heard that the planning application (PLAN/2017/1036) for the demolition of 1-3 High Street has been refused. It appears to mostly have been rejected based on the high density dwellings per hectare in the area, and the report has also mentioned the poor public transport / parking situation. Undoubtedly the refusal will be appealed, but at the moment, it seems the developers will need to revise the current plan.
A planning application has been submitted from the owners of 1 – 3 High Street. This is the building that previously housed the pet shop, on the corner of Anchor Hill crossing. There is currently a computer repair shop on the ground floor and solicitors on the first and second floor. We believe the solicitors have only a short lease. The application is to demolish the existing building and build a new three storey building comprising 3 retail units on the ground floor and 8 self contained 1 bed units on the first and second floor. The planning application reference number is PLAN/2017/1036 and can be seen on the Council’s website.
The current building dates from the Victorian era and was originally the farm house for Highclere farm, but recent property additions have detracted from its original beauty. The plan is to have 9 parking bays, which for a building with 3 retail units as well as 8 residences, we strongly suggest this is inadequate. Another concern is with regards to the three retail units, there does not appear to be any access from the rear of the shops nor any serious storage space so they could be of limited value to many prospective businesses, particularly those requiring a stock room for example.
Image showing proposed building design.