Plan for 20 ‘affordable’ homes in Southbourne

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TWENTY new homes could be built on a former sheltered housing site.

A plan for affordable houses and flats on the former Prinsted Court site, in Longlands Road, Southbourne, is set to be considered by Chichester District Council later this year.

The plan includes 11 ‘social rented’ houses – nine two-bedroom and two three-bedroom.

It also includes three ‘intermediate’ or ‘shared ownership’ properties.

The intermediate housing will include three houses – one two-bedroom and two three-bedroom – and six flats and maisonettes, a mixture of one and two bedroom properties.

A design and access statement, submitted with the application on behalf of Hyde Housing Association, said: “The intent is to provide attractive, robust, well-designed homes that fit will in the local context, respond to the scale and massing of the immediate environment and are environmentally progressive, employing low energy and sustainable design principles.”

The site is currently empty after the sheltered housing complex, which included 29 residents’ flats and one manager flat, was demolished last year.

The design and access statement said the demolition and construction of new buildings would make a ‘positive contribution’ to the Longlands Road street scene.

So far, only one objection has been submitted to the scheme.

Shelley Rosenburg, of Garsons Road, Southbourne, raised concerns about parking and access changes.

“Even though the developers say they are providing more than the legally required number of spaces, I can foresee there will be a lack of spaces, especially close to my home.

“Currently, I can park outside my home but the access to my and my neighbour’s home is going to be reduced to a walkway and we will thus lose our parking spaces.”

She said parking would not be available in Garsons Road as there were already too many cars for the road.

She suggested a condition asking developers to provide a parking layby in the road.

The new development would have 32 car parking spaces and 37 bicycle spaces.

The full application, number 12/03205/FUL, can be viewed online at www.chichester.gov.uk.

Comments must be submitted by October 29.