Station Road flats refused
A PROPOSED scheme to build two blocks of flats next to a drop-in centre for young people in Liss has been rejected by planners.
Developers had wanted permission for six flats following the demolition of empty shops in Station Road, Liss – adjoining the Crossover centre.
Concern about additional traffic making its way to and from the proposed homes were among the objections that had been raised.
The buildings on the site have been empty for several years – one of them was last used as a cycle shop.
The decision to refuse permission for two three-storey blocks, each of three flats, was taken by the South Downs National Park planning authority.
In a notice setting out reasons for the decision, director of planning Tim Slaney describes the proposal as “an unacceptable development of an inadequate plot”, resulting in a “cramped and confined development.”
The authority has also raised concerns about inadequate visibility for traffic emerging from the development, and lack of room for vehicles to manouevre when parking.
Among the objectors to the scheme were Hampshire County Council highways department, which said that four one-bedroom flats and two two-bedroom flats would require eight parking spaces – and only six had been indicated on the application.
The department stated: “It is essential that vehicles can turn within the site and so enter and leave in a forward gear. The proposals fail to show adequate provision for turning , and that which is shown is partly on the public highway and its use would put pedestrians in danger.”
Liss Parish Council also objected to the proposal, saying: “The proposed height and bulk of the proposal would lead to over dominance of the street scene, especially when viewed from the village centre and the Liss Conservation Area.
“Concerns remain over parking and access to the site, so close to the railway crossing and especially with so many young people attending the youth centre that is adjacent.”
A previous scheme for a three-storey block of four flats and a three-storey block of five flats was refused planning permission by East Hampshire District Council in April 2011, and an earlier scheme was withdrawn in 2010.
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