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Plan for flats on derelict Totton site approved despite parking fears

A CGI of the flats proposed
A CGI of the flats proposed

A PLAN to revamp a building in Totton with seven one-bed flats was approved despite concerns its lack of spaces for cars would exacerbate “horrendous” parking problems.

The decision brings to an end a 12-year saga over 4-6 Rumbridge Street, a dilapidated former greengrocers which has been at the centre of four previous failed appeals.

New Forest District Council’s planning committee gave the latest scheme, from Templeton Stockbridge Ltd, the green light despite sympathising with objections from Jan Batty, who lives in nearby Osbourne Road.

She called the parking situation “horrendous” and said it caused widespread congestion problems.

Speaking for Templeton Stockbridge, planning agent Ben Kelly claimed the flats would be occupied by people who did not need cars and it was a “deliberate choice to provide a car-free development”.

The dilapidated site
The dilapidated site

However, Mrs Batty argued: “While I would really like to believe none of these residents will have cars, the potential is there could be two cars per household.”

Members said the scheme would provide badly needed affordable housing, and that tipped the balance in its favour.

Cllr Barry Dunning said. “There are seven valuable, single-bedroom flats – it’s very necessary to have small units in a place like Totton.”

Cllr Kate Crisell added: “I think we have done all we can and now we need to get this site up and running as soon as possible.”

The building itself was “ugly” and “badly needed redeveloping”, Cllr Arthur Davies said, but he was opposed because of the lack of parking.

He said: “People here are going to park in Osbourne Road, where it’s horrific parking. It’s going to be a massive problem in the future.”

However, the committee voted to approve the plans.

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