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Backlash against flats beside petrol station on Barrack Road, Christchurch



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THERE has been fierce opposition to plans for 55 homes in a prominent location in Christchurch.

The application by property developer Fortitudo Ltd for a site fronting Jumpers roundabout, on the corner of Barrack Road and The Grove, has been submitted to BCP Council.

The site on the corner of Barrack Road and The Grove in Christchurch (picture: Google)
The site on the corner of Barrack Road and The Grove in Christchurch (picture: Google)

Proposals are for a four-storey block of 51 one and two-bedroom flats and a terrace of four houses adjacent to the Tesco petrol station, together with access from The Grove and parking.

But dozens of residents have written to the council objecting to the scheme, which they said would add pressure to roads, schools and GP surgeries.

One said it would be "irresponsible" of the council to approve a housing development of this scale.

"The town is already struggling to manage its high volume of residents," she said. "The traffic is a real issue and this proposed build is on the corner of one of the busiest roads in and out of town.

"This would increase traffic problems, bringing in yet more cars and clogging up Barrack Road. It's hard enough for commuting residents as it is, particularly during the summer season.

The site is adjacent to Tesco petrol station on Barrack Road
The site is adjacent to Tesco petrol station on Barrack Road

"Also, the town's schools are already over subscribed – where are the children from new families in the area supposed to go to school? It seems to me that this is just a way of cramming as many people as possible into a space that isn't really ideal for housing at all."

Another objector warned the surrounding roads are already "snarled up" and the 23 parking spaces proposed were not enough.

"We live opposite the development and our road does get busy already with people wanting short-term parking," he said. "With the limited car parking at the site residents and their visitors will come onto our road."

But Fortitudo argued in its outline application that the "principle of the site's redevelopment for residential purposes is acceptable", under the council's policies.

It stated: "A residential use is consistent with and entirely compatible with neighbouring uses and the prevailing character of the area. The development would help boost housing supply in an area that is currently unable to demonstrate a five-year supply.

"It is considered overall that the proposed scale of this flatted block would complement the area, and would be an appropriate landmark building fronting this roundabout junction of the A35, along a prime transport corridor which is a gateway into Christchurch town centre."

A decision will be made later this year.



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