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Planning application for 65 houses on old Whitecross School site
A PLANNING application has been submitted to build 65 houses on the site of a former Hereford school.
The old Whitecross High School was demolished when pupils moved to a new site off Three Elms Road in 2006.
And very little has been done since the buildings were brought down on the land off Baggallay Street.
However, Miller Homes hopes to change that and has submitted its plans to Herefordshire Council.
Of the 65 properties, 35 per cent will be affordable, with 16 of them being social rented units.
Barratt West Midlands originally submitted plans to build 71 homes on the site in February 2008, but withdrew the application in June of that year.
The latest proposal by Miller Homes, which includes 134 car park spaces, follows extensive pre-planning talks with officers at Herefordshire Council, while a public consultation event was held at Holy Trinity Church.
The firm said that an alternative access for construction traffic was suggested, but added that it is not possible due to land ownership and other legal constraints.
“Our development will beneficially contribute to the existing community by improving public transport, providing additional retail and community facilities, and new opportunities for sports and leisure,” the statement reads.
“We want it to enhance and provide a quality built urban environment that offers a sense of place and identity to those living within the development and to the community at large.”
However, the plans, which include a public open space, have received a mixed response.
“I am for the school being developed into dwellings, but I believe that the affordable housing ratio is wrong given the location of the site and the social problems in Herefordshire,”
said James Baker, one resident who wrote to the council in response to the plans.
Councillor Liz Chave, ward member for Three Elms, added that while she welcomed the provision of housing in principle, she was concerned about the number of car park spaces because access would be off Baggallay Street.
- IT’S been a busy time for council planners.
In addition to the Whitecross proposal, further applications have been received within the past three weeks to build almost 100 new homes across the couty.
The biggest plan was from Bell Homes Ltd which is seeking permission for 30 homes at Castle End, Lea.
In nearby Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire Housing has submitted an application for four one-bedroom flats on the site of the town’s old ambulance station at The Mead, while a separate application by Cubberley Estates Ltd bids to build eight apartments on land adjacent to Henry Street.
Twelve homes are pitched for a field off Brookmill Close, Colwall, of which half are billed as affordable, while outline permission is required for a detached home on land at Stone Drive.
Fourteen homes have also been proposed on land at Etna on Orcop Hill, with eight of them being affordable, while there are plans to build two houses in Lower Westfields, Bromyard.
An existing bungalow would be replaced and five new homes built off Bosbury Road, Cradley, if the goahead is given while nine homes – and associated development - could be built on land near Cross Farm, Credenhill.
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