Objectors hit out at second Fortitudo plan to tear down Chewton Farm Road house for flats
A DEVELOPER has defended his firm's plan to demolish a second home at Walkford to make way for more flats.
Richard Carr’s firm Fortitudo has submitted plans to BCP Council to demolish 22 Chewton Farm Road to make way for 14 apartments, having already gained the green light for the same number next door.
In December BCP Council accepted its bid to replace the neighbouring chalet-style bungalow at number 20 with 14 apartments and underground parking for 15 vehicles, despite opposition from locals.
The latest plans have prompted more opposition letters from six objectors so far, with the BCP Council member for Highcliffe and Walkford, Cllr Nigel Brooks, among them.
He said the plan would cause a "significant change" to the semi-rural character area by introducing a "dense, urban form of development". He claimed the houses would be too pricey for locals and instead end up as second homes.
However, Fortitudo countered, claiming the scheme would provide a "sustainable form of development", efficient use of urban land, and "modern, fit-for-purpose accommodation".
The designs include 20 parking spaces – 17 of which will be underground – a bin store, and covered storage for 24 bicycles.
Speaking to the A&T, Mr Carr said his company believed it was helping to ease housing shortages by meeting a market need.
"I think that there is a major problem in this country with lot of very large family homes being occupied by parents of children who go off to university or into the wider world and they [the parents] want to stay in the area but cannot find anywhere to buy. We are fulfilling that need," he said.
"We would not wish to upset anybody in any way whatsoever.
"But at the end of the day if we were to rewind the clock by 70, 80 or even 90 years I’m sure the local farmers and developers in the area back then kicked off about the homes in which people live in now."
A decision is scheduled after the deadline for comments to BCP Council on 20th August.