25th Oct, 2016

Concerns over warehouse homes

Evesham Editorial 22nd Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CONCERNED town councillors have voiced their objection to plans for 29 affordable homes on a derelict Evesham factory and warehouse.

Members of Evesham Town Council opposed the plans put forward by Rooftop Housing Group for the flats on Brick Kiln Street in the town centre at a meeting on January 12.

Worries over the impact on the area and the narrow street were among the concerns raised by councillors during the debate.

Coun Richard Jones proposed the application be refused and said: “I don’t think this is the right location for it.

“Brick Kiln Street is a narrow, one-way street into Avon Street. This development will go on at the very narrowest part.

“Being a one-way street it will just snarl up, there will be a back log of cars.

“They will have to block the road for a considerable amount of time when they finish this off.” he added.

Under the proposals, Rooftop Housing Group hope to build 11 two bedroom flats and 18 one bedroom homes, all available for

rent by tenants.

Rooftop provide much of the affordable housing in the town and hopes, if permission is granted by Wychavon District Council, to complete the development by the spring of 2016.

Coun Gerry O’Donnell supported the plans said: “Brick Kiln Street is a narrow street, but it’s always going to be narrow, what development is going to be suitable here?

“Whoever or whatever goes there is going to have to exit through Brick Kiln Street, the problem is Avon Street and I think certainly highways needs to sort that out, possibly make it one-way.

“But I don’t think this is over-development or the wrong place. That site can’t be left derelict.” he added.

And Coun Alan Booth said: “We need affordable housing in the town and this application does provide it.

The application will be determined by members of Wychavon District Council’s planning committee at a meeting in the near future.