A last minute appeal from developers to place a block of flats in Westgate's Harold Road conservation area featured in the Thanet Gazette, today, together with a photograph of a Residents Association protest, organised by Cllr. King.
In the background however, it's now up to the Planning Inspectorate to make a final decision on Harold Road but the Council have had a relatively succesful +80% record of challenging projects of this type and it's hoped that the inspectors in Bristol will take notice of a number of valid objections and reject the application. One can never be 100% certain though; the ways of planning inspectors being a mystery to most of us!
I did notice last week that another project to build flats, this time on Beach Rise in Westgate, has an unusual footnote. This one is also out for appeal and I wrote to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of local resident along with some aerial photographs I took of the road to illustrate the potential unsuitability of the development. However, the same address has now appeared on an estate agent's list, priced at £750,000 "A substantial property offering scope for subdivision to apartments subject to any necessary consents being obtainable"; rather optimistically jumping the gun on the inspector's decision which has yet to be made!
Sadly though, if your'e a ward councillor, new property applications seem to arrive rather more regularly than buses. This takes us back once again to the earlier story on house building in general, the "presumptive approval" of such applications means that to have any chance of winning, residents need to have a very good and solid objection under the existing straight-jacket of planning legislation.