In October 2018, the developers applied for outline planning permission. The Society response said that we considered the scheme to be exciting and imaginative, and potentially positive in achieving the urgently-needed regeneration of the shopping centre.
The new pedestrian route from Redcatch Park to Wells Road through the new public open space and the commercial area could bring benefits to transform the shopping centre. Officers would have to assess the proposal for the tall buildings that face Redcatch Park on their merits. The Society is concerned about the density of the scheme. We support the overall purpose for changing the accommodation mix in this low-density residential area with the provision of a large flatted scheme. However, this type of development intensity always raises questions about the quality of life offered to future residents. The Society draws to the Council’s attention the predominance of single-aspect flats, a proportion of which are north facing and the long, artificially-lit internal access corridors.
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