Waterfront plans for Lymington site hit by delays

Daily Echo: Waterfront plans hit by delays Waterfront plans hit by delays

CONTROVERSIAL plans to transform a prime Hampshire waterfront site have been delayed.

Council chiefs are withholding consent to build 168 homes, a restaurant and a riverside walk on the former Webbs chicken factory site in Lymington because of the failure to complete a vital legal agreement.

Members of the district council’s planning committee backed proposals to redevelop the seven-acre site overlooking the Lymington River last month.

Planning officers were authorised to approve the application, subject to the council and the applicant, Redrow Homes, agreeing a long list of conditions.

However, they were also handed the power to reject the scheme if the document was not signed within 40 days.

Chris Elliott, the council’s head of planning and transport, said: “We haven’t been able to complete the agreement because it’s proved necessary to involve extra parties.

I can’t grant permission but I’m not going to reject the application because negotiations are still ongoing.”

Redrow had hoped to start construction work this month but the scheme is now unlikely to be approved until mid April at the earliest.

A council spokesman said: “As the deadline set by the planning committee has passed, the matter will be referred back to them in due course.”

The delay has been caused by the need to involve Hampshire County Council.

A Redrow spokesman said the authority was being asked to adopt a proposed footbridge over a neighbouring railway line, thus ensuring it was publicly owned and maintained.

He added: “It’s anticipated that once the agreement has been signed by Hampshire County Council, the planning consent can be released.”

Redrow’s application has split the town. The Lymington Society conservation group has praised the scheme but the council has received 53 letters of objection.

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10:46am Fri 24 Feb 12

www.lymingtons-last-shore.co.uk says...

Enough is enough.

The NFDC Planning Committee granted permission (subject to Section 106 agreements) 10:6 in favour of the application on 11th January 2012. It was clear from being at that committee meeting that a majority of those voting in favour of it either didn’t care about the significant overdevelopment plans, or didn’t understand the detail of the application. One committee member congratulated Redrow and the Council on the plans for the 2 Storey scheme! (In fact the plans are for a four storey apartment block scheme built on top of a raise flood protection platform).

How can the future of such an important riverside site and its effect on the town of Lymington be put in the hands of council members who are not concerned about or versed enough on the very subject they are asked to vote on.

Next time they are asked to vote on this application - they should have a complete understanding of what they are voting for. If they do, they would not support such an inappropriate development plan that significantly contravenes council planning policies across the board.

They should also take account of the fact that the Lymington Town Council voted 5:1 against the plans on 7th December 2011. Just as importantly, they should listen to what the majority of the public have said on the matter.

The way forward: - let’s support plans which are appropriate and which will not ruin Lymington town on a grand scale.

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shore.co.uk
Enough is enough. The NFDC Planning Committee granted permission (subject to Section 106 agreements) 10:6 in favour of the application on 11th January 2012. It was clear from being at that committee meeting that a majority of those voting in favour of it either didn’t care about the significant overdevelopment plans, or didn’t understand the detail of the application. One committee member congratulated Redrow and the Council on the plans for the 2 Storey scheme! (In fact the plans are for a four storey apartment block scheme built on top of a raise flood protection platform). How can the future of such an important riverside site and its effect on the town of Lymington be put in the hands of council members who are not concerned about or versed enough on the very subject they are asked to vote on. Next time they are asked to vote on this application - they should have a complete understanding of what they are voting for. If they do, they would not support such an inappropriate development plan that significantly contravenes council planning policies across the board. They should also take account of the fact that the Lymington Town Council voted 5:1 against the plans on 7th December 2011. Just as importantly, they should listen to what the majority of the public have said on the matter. The way forward: - let’s support plans which are appropriate and which will not ruin Lymington town on a grand scale. www.lymingtons-last- shore.co.uk www.lymingtons-last-shore.co.uk
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