Fear that plans for four-storey care home in Stroud could lead to a loss of privacy and site for residents

12:56pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

By Kate Wilson

PLANS to build a four-storey residential care home in Stroud have been recommended for approval despite public opposition.

The application proposes plans for ten new two and three-bedroom flats, in a single building in Westward Road, Stroud.

Developers Neon Homes have also designed the building to be split level – meaning that the side that faces the road is three storeys high and the side that faces the rear is four.

Residents who live opposite the proposed development have adamantly opposed the plans, claiming that it would lead to a loss of privacy and a loss of sight for them.

One Westward Road resident Miles Gray has expressed his concerns not just about the impact the proposed development would have on his property and person, but also the impact on the English Heritage conservation area.

“The plans are not in keeping with the rest of the area,” added Mr Gray.

“The development would sit well somewhere down in Ebley, but it doesn’t sit well in a conservation area next to a row of two storey buildings.

“Is the heritage conservation area being dictated to by developers or is SDC going to stand up and be counted?”

According to a spokesman for the agent, Abigail Snook, on behalf of the developers Neon Homes, the proposed development has been designed in order to avoid overlooking or overshadowing of any adjacent property.

The plans have been called into SDC’s development control committee which will discuss them on Tuesday.

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