Plans for dozens of new flats on former depot in Bassett area of Southampton

Daily Echo: The site in Vermont Close The site in Vermont Close

A FORMER council depot in a leafy Southampton suburb could soon be home to dozens of new student flats.

A developer has applied to build 26 student flats at the site in Bassett, which used to be home to the city council’s pest control department, after their original application was thrown out But the proposals are still being resisted by members of the community in Vermont Close, who say the flats are not suitable for the area.

A previous plan for a building of up to four storeys with 26 flats containing 120 bedrooms was refused planning permission on the grounds of overdevelopment, the impact on the character of the area and a failure to address concerns over the impact the building would have on surrounding trees.

A Government planning inspector dismissed an appeal, but only on the grounds of failing to provide information on how the surrounding trees would be affected.

Now a fresh application has been lodged with the city council with information to address those concerns.

The application describes the proposed flats as “high quality”, adding: “We consider this location will be very popular with students as research has led us to understand that this area would be preferred over areas in the city centre due to proximity to campus and fear of crime factors associated with the city centre.”

However some residents living near to the site are still against the plans.

Claire Desai said: “We are devastated at the prospect of our leafy community being destroyed by having such an unsuitable, densely populated development forced upon it.

“None of us object to the site being developed, but we do object at the unsuitability of this development in an established residential area.”

Neighbour Phillip Simons said: “The experience of student residences in other parts of the city such as Glen Eyre and The Polygon is that there will be noise and vandalism from inebriated individuals and groups going to and from the proposed flats into the early hours.

“It is likely that the grounds of our flats will be used as shortcuts and public toilets.

“There will be cars and taxis going to and fro maintaining what is called ‘the night time economy’ and the importation of crime.

“This will result in considerable disturbance and loss of amenity to existing residents, many of whom are long-term residents of retirement age.”

A decision is due to be made by the council by June 16.

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6:43am Tue 8 Apr 14

skeptik says...

Southampton - Dormitory town?
Southampton - Dormitory town? skeptik
  • Score: 7

7:34am Tue 8 Apr 14

solentsunseeker says...

NIMBY's !!!!
NIMBY's !!!! solentsunseeker
  • Score: -2

9:01am Tue 8 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

skeptik wrote:
Southampton - Dormitory town?
No. A dormitory town is where people live in a town where there are no jobs or other amenities, and commute to another town for their job, social life and entertainment.

This development is for students who will live and study in the city.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: Southampton - Dormitory town?[/p][/quote]No. A dormitory town is where people live in a town where there are no jobs or other amenities, and commute to another town for their job, social life and entertainment. This development is for students who will live and study in the city. From the sidelines
  • Score: 3

9:34am Tue 8 Apr 14

For pity sake says...

Replacing one lot of pests for another.....
Replacing one lot of pests for another..... For pity sake
  • Score: 2

10:20am Tue 8 Apr 14

ericpode says...

solentsunseeker wrote:
NIMBY's !!!!
If it were just ordinary housing with adequate parking then it wouldn't be a problem.
[quote][p][bold]solentsunseeker[/bold] wrote: NIMBY's !!!![/p][/quote]If it were just ordinary housing with adequate parking then it wouldn't be a problem. ericpode
  • Score: 0

11:03am Tue 8 Apr 14

loosehead says...

As I've said before I'd rather purpose built student accommodation than HMO's.
I'd rather see brown field sites like this be built on than Green belt or people back gardens.
As I've said before I'd rather purpose built student accommodation than HMO's. I'd rather see brown field sites like this be built on than Green belt or people back gardens. loosehead
  • Score: 7

11:18am Tue 8 Apr 14

vclmdm says...

No, skeptic, the development is for the developer!

The tenants may be “students” of anything from anywhere.
and “student” = no requirement for car parking ...

... for 120 bedrooms in 26 flats on a site smaller than
7 of its (2-bedroom) nearest neighbours.

So, loosehead
It’s not a University development,
and these are, in effect, just HMOs.

And ‘sunseeker, no, not NIMBY
but
between the site and the rest of Southampton
Not Across My Front Garden !
No, skeptic, the development is for the developer! The tenants may be “students” of anything from anywhere. and “student” = no requirement for car parking ... ... for 120 bedrooms in 26 flats on a site smaller than 7 of its (2-bedroom) nearest neighbours. So, loosehead It’s not a University development, and these are, in effect, just HMOs. And ‘sunseeker, no, not NIMBY but between the site and the rest of Southampton Not Across My Front Garden ! vclmdm
  • Score: -1

1:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

loosehead wrote:
As I've said before I'd rather purpose built student accommodation than HMO's.
I'd rather see brown field sites like this be built on than Green belt or people back gardens.
As I've said before,the building of purpose built student accommodation will not be the end the existing HMOs,as reported in the national press last year,London Councils,such as Croydon,Hackney and Brent are shipping out all the people that they cannot house to places such as Portsmouth,Coventry,
Liverpool and Southampton.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: As I've said before I'd rather purpose built student accommodation than HMO's. I'd rather see brown field sites like this be built on than Green belt or people back gardens.[/p][/quote]As I've said before,the building of purpose built student accommodation will not be the end the existing HMOs,as reported in the national press last year,London Councils,such as Croydon,Hackney and Brent are shipping out all the people that they cannot house to places such as Portsmouth,Coventry, Liverpool and Southampton. 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

ericpode says...

There is room for at least 8 terrace houses with a couple of parking spaces each on this plot. Instead the developer proposes a giant HMO with no guarantee that genuine university students will be accommodated.

Genuine student residences have computer rooms, fitness suites, quiet rooms and storage for luggage etc. Not in this proposal.
There is room for at least 8 terrace houses with a couple of parking spaces each on this plot. Instead the developer proposes a giant HMO with no guarantee that genuine university students will be accommodated. Genuine student residences have computer rooms, fitness suites, quiet rooms and storage for luggage etc. Not in this proposal. ericpode
  • Score: 2

5:50pm Tue 8 Apr 14

loosehead says...

If not just for students & not University approved how about a lot of single flats to be rented to those council tenants who need to downsize?
Private developer could rent the flats to the council as in Townhill Park?
Maybe a community hall for Basset & Swaythling?
I'm only joking!
If not just for students & not University approved how about a lot of single flats to be rented to those council tenants who need to downsize? Private developer could rent the flats to the council as in Townhill Park? Maybe a community hall for Basset & Swaythling? I'm only joking! loosehead
  • Score: 0

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