Controversial plan for Southampton flats approved

Daily Echo: The site of the proposed flats in Belmont Road. The site of the proposed flats in Belmont Road.

A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to build a block of flats in a leafy Southampton road littered with historic houses has been given the green light.

The nine-flat development by Vizeum UK in Belmont Road, on the former site of a nursery next to St Denys Road, was approved by four votes to three at a Southampton City Council planning and rights of way meeting.

Residents wrote to the council in objection to the flats, labelling them ‘prison-like’, while councillors criticised the development as ‘out of keeping’ with the area.

After the planning meeting, Conservative councillor for Portswood, Matthew Claisse, who voted against the proposal, said: “The building seemed more appropriate for a beach front in Florida rather than a corner of a residential street.

“I feel for the residents who live there. It is one thing driving past it, but it’s much worse for the residents who have to wake up and look at it.”

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1:20pm Wed 11 Dec 13

sotonboy84 says...

No surprise there then with the absolutely useless city planners.

The entrance to dock gate 10 was given the green light to be demolished and when I spoke to the planners they said "we agree, they're lovely gates and rich in history but the application met the required criteria".

It's this stupidity and lack of common sense with these planners that so much rubbish gets passed. They tick boxes to see if plans meet their government blanket approach criteria rather than grow a pair and use their brains and consider the voices of residents and how a development will impact the local area.

Luckily for the dock gates, English Heritage stepped in and gave them a grade II listed status. If it wasn't for city residents stepping in, English Heritage wouldn't have even known about the gates and they would sadly have been destroyed forever.
No surprise there then with the absolutely useless city planners. The entrance to dock gate 10 was given the green light to be demolished and when I spoke to the planners they said "we agree, they're lovely gates and rich in history but the application met the required criteria". It's this stupidity and lack of common sense with these planners that so much rubbish gets passed. They tick boxes to see if plans meet their government blanket approach criteria rather than grow a pair and use their brains and consider the voices of residents and how a development will impact the local area. Luckily for the dock gates, English Heritage stepped in and gave them a grade II listed status. If it wasn't for city residents stepping in, English Heritage wouldn't have even known about the gates and they would sadly have been destroyed forever. sotonboy84

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