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Plan to demolish 'eyesore' building on Salisbury Road, Totton, and replace it with seven new flats

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PLANS have been submitted to demolish an "eyesore" building in Totton and replace it with seven new flats.

Mr and Mrs Clark have applied to New Forest District Council to demolish 212 Salisbury Road, a former shop which was later turned into two apartments.

If approved, the three-storey scheme would create two two-bedroom and five one-bedroom apartments for sale on the open market.

The former shop was later converted in to two flats but could become seven (picture: Google)
The former shop was later converted in to two flats but could become seven (picture: Google)

There would also be seven car parking spaces created at the site.

The application stated: "The proposed development is commercially viable and would not have a significant adverse impact on the character and appearance of the area.

"Instead, it will enhance the appearance of the area giving a much-needed residential property in place of a, quite frankly, ugly mismatch of a building."

A previous application for four two-bedroom and three one-bedroom flats was refused in 2021.

New Forest District Council said at the time it would fail to deliver a high quality development due to its design and roof, in particular.

The new plans stated: "This new application addresses the roof design and reduces the bulk by having larger barn hips on the side gables.

"This compromise results in a more sympathetic appearance in relation with the neighbouring buildings.

"It must be pointed out that to be able to redevelop this site it is only commercially viable with a minimum of apartments, otherwise the existing eyesore will remain."

So far there have been no comments received either for or against the scheme. Totton and Eling Town Council is also yet to comment.

The public consultation period ends on 23rd June, after which NFDC will make its decision.

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